Things in a different light
Campbell explores the urban landscape, a subject that is a recurring thematic to his practice. However in this latest body of work, Campbell looks to seek out beauty and aesthetic in our everyday items. Banal subject matter is elevated, viewed as art and as sculpture. It is put upon the viewer to look past function and to observe form. Fences and benches, bins, greenhouses, they all serve a basic primary function. Their purpose, to serve or regulate us. These paintings are a celebration of these ignored artefacts of design. In the act of painting these objects take on a new narrative and context of visual language.
The paintings are of a photographic quality, yet retain the qualities associated with more traditional figurative movements. Whilst the subject matter is variable, the paintings have a distinct affirmed identity. They convey a sense of emotion and meaning as well as a dedication to paint and surface.