Posts Tagged ‘art gallery of western australia’

new perth

Posted by campbell September 6th, 2010


This September 25th I’ll be opening my latest exhibition at free range gallery, titled “new perth“. I’ve had this body of work playing in my head for a few years now and am really excited to be able to have the time and space to explore it.

This large installation of paintings, drawing, wall works and sculptures documents a fictional artist led revolution through the streets of Perth, their occupation of architectural spaces and destruction of contemporary values. It’s all a riot of sex, ultra violence and mysticism that’s glorious propaganda for a ridiculous dream state.

The show draws on my many frustrations with Perth, with being a creative practitioner, with being cast adrift in a sea of apathy, filled with hope and fear and anger. The Jazz Cellar, free range, Gas Works and the lack of studio spaces all pressing on the arts community. All in the shadow of the greatest economic boom this state has ever seen.

There has always been a whine about Perth which I don’t want to add to. With the angelic glow of Melbourne and Sydney persistent on the horizon it’s often easier to make a your home elsewhere. Unless you feel that Perth is your home. The ground is unstable then, difficult to navigate, this body of work forges ahead with a plan. Foolish and bold and pig headed, as all desperate plans are.

I’ll be posting new previews of works leading up to the show as well sketches and studio photos.

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Bonnie Davies

Posted by campbell July 26th, 2010

Bonnie Davies is a common point of reference for most young people in the arts in Perth. Over the years she has organised more opportunities for my friends and me than I can possibly ever repay her for. In the past she has worked tirelessly for the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things and the Hyper Festival. Now she runs the Chuckles Comedy Nights and is a professional comedian.

I recently completed some illustrations that will be featured on her website in the near future.

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norman linsday

Posted by campbell July 24th, 2010


Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum in NSW. I’m a huge fan of his work and was amazed at seeing his studio and home. I did the above sketches from two of the sculptures he had made in his gardens. He seemed determined to carve his estate in to the shape of his visions, a sort of Grecian, mythical playground of sorts.

Norman Lindsay was one of those fantastic artists who had a recognisable style that he explored in both flat and multi dimensional work. I’m always impressed when when I find artists who can do this. I’ve explored it to some degree with making maquettes for figures I’m painting, but I’ve never made any as finished pieces on to themselves.

I was a little underwhelmed with the work that was one display however. This was probably due to the traveling exhibition that visited theArt Gallery of Western Australia a few years ago. It featured all of his etchings which was pretty overwhelming.

One stand out at the Museum was a comic he had done depicting a cat stalking a rooster, pouncing on it and then being fiercely kicked off. He managed to pull so much character and emotion out of the animals, probably more than I’ve ever seen any other artist do. This was without turning them in to Disney caricatures of animals either.

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