Jim Campbell

 

1821 Gallery & Studios presents Lost @ Sea, an exhibition of work by Jim Campbell in January. The exhibition opens for the first ArtHop of the year on January 3 from 5-8 PM and runs through February 2.

 

Lost @ Sea is composed of two separate bodies of work. The smaller pieces, mostly 2008-2010, are from a series of paintings that deal with the unsustainable use of fossil fuels as an energy source and its consequences to us and the other living organisms that inhabit our planet. The larger paintings have all been completed this year. 

 

All of these works are concerned with color, (that is, contrasting both pure hues and light and dark values and the interactions between them) as well as form, perspective, and the illusion of three dimensional space.

 

Campbell attended Fresno State in the early 1970s and describes an affinity towards “hard edge painting as exemplified by Frank Stella, Al Held, Gene Davis, and Kenneth Noland” and draws inspiration from “those artists classified as color field painters such as Morris Louis, Paul Jenkins, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, and Barnett Newman.”  Campbell explains, “I see their canvases as portals…one’s mind can travel to places where problems vanish and creativity and tranquility abound.”

 

Lost @ Sea

This exhibit is comprised of two separate bodies of work. The smaller
pieces are from a series of paintings that deal with the unsustainable
use of fossil fuels as an energy source and its consequences to us and
the other living organisms that inhabit our planet. These works were
mostly completed in 2008-2010.

The larger paintings have all been completed this year. All of these
works are concerned with color, (that is, contrasting both pure hues
and light and dark values and the interactions between them) as well as
form, perspective, and the illusion of three dimensional space.

Since attending Fresno State in the early 1970’s I have always felt an
affinity to hard edge painting as exemplified by Frank Stella, Al Held,
Gene Davis, and Kenneth Noland. Those artists classified as color field
painters such as Morris Louis, Paul Jenkins, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still,
Helen Frankenthaler, and Barnett Newman have also been a source of
inspiration.

When viewing the works of the painters mentioned above, I see their
canvases as portals to a place where ones mind can travel to places
where problems vanish and creativity and tranquility abound.

I’ll conclude with a couple of comments that I find enlightening:

“The best works are those with the fewest and simplest elements –
pictures that are almost obvious, until you look at them a little more and
things begin to happen.”
– Clifford Still

“The fact is I’m an intuitive painter, a direct painter…I present no
dogma, no system, no demonstrations. I have no formal solutions…I
work only out of high passion”
– Barnett Newman

Oh, one more thing, after reading this statement please keep in mind
that I am only another traveler lost at sea.