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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Steven Campbell

It’s been over two years since the death of Steven Campbell and in that time the shockwaves have calmed sufficiently for the art world to realise just how big a gap his passing has left.
As revealed by an outstanding exhibition in the summer of 2008 at Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Print Studio, in the year prior to his death at the age of 54, Campbell had been back in his studio working at the top of his game, with his famously star-spangled imagination feverishly working overtime.
This exhibition at his old art college, Wretched Stars, Insatiable Heaven, had been in the pipeline for a while and showcased a selection of his paintings, drawings and prints.
Earlier this year, Marlborough Gallery, the London gallery with which he had a long association, dating back to the days of his early fame in 1980s New York, reprised the Glasgow show and also featured unseen work.
Throughout his life, Campbell’s narrative work threw into relief the inner life stalking every human psyche, fleshing it out and pouring it onto canvas in the most extraordinary fashion.
In this body of work, childhood, manhood, age and death are all examined in glorious Technicolor. Vintage Campbell themes emerge; baby-faced killers, self-portraits at various life stages, a French shape-shifting master criminal called Bebette Nozieres and landscapes influenced by votive paintings viewed in Assisi.
His widow Carol has now launched the Steven Campbell Trust, which will operate a range of range of schemes to benefit artists.
Exciting plans are afoot for various fund-raising initiatives. So watch this space for details.

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