James B. Campbell was born in 1950, in Grants Pass, Oregon. Montserrat School of Visual Art in Beverly, MA, is where he studied art and made his first shaped canvas in 1973.
He has received awards from Manhattan Arts and Chautauqua Exhibition of Contemporary Art and has pieces in the corporate collections of Eli Lilly and Renaissance Electronic Services in Indianapolis.
He is a founding and participating committee member of the Bloomington Open Studios Tour.
James was fortunate to be the first artist featured on WTIU/PBS, “The Weekly Special”.
Recent exhibitions include:
2018, 61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, New York
2018, Solo show at the Vault Mortgage Gallery, Bloomington, IN.
2017, Solo show at the John Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, IN.
Artist’s Statement: “In my works I use the gesture of structure and the gesture of the paint to emphasize the incongruities of mind. I am fascinated by the way the human mind can entertain concurrent thoughts that are in opposition to each other. These thoughts, like the open form of the work itself, play out in a free form manner engaging their surroundings without the constraints of the traditional picture framed view. The paint technique I have developed over the past three years involves working from foreground to background to prepare a vinyl-like sheet of paint, which is then applied to my wood panels. This results in paint of an enigmatic nature where you can see the immediacy of the strokes but are presented with a glossy smooth surface.”