Cameron Stead (b. 1988, Australia) is a visual artist whose work encompasses painting, object-making and installation. His practice is centred on the exploration of expectations, often by investigating the paradoxes and dualisms played out in everyday life, as well as in the art-making process itself. A self-described perfectionist, his work is introspective in its examination of personal identity and recurrently introduces elements of failure to counter expectations of success.
Frustrated by his love-hate relationship with painting, Stead uses unconventional materials like degradable latex and plastics to challenge prevailing institutional hierarchies. Juxtaposing the traditional painted works with his faux-painting reliefs, he explores the idea of permanence in the art object and encourages a conversation about the lifecycle of ideas and consumer goods.