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painter, surfer, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker
Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker. He splits his time between his painting/sculpture/stuff making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films. Campbell's artworks combine scribbles and scriptures, taking slogans and anecdotes from his unique vocabulary and juxtaposing them with a profound look at human nature. His movement-oriented paintings are as layered with meaning as they are with paint. The works, typically composed of several panels, are free-flowing with wide expressionist swipes of color, bold graphics and intricate renderings of characters and text. His photographs mimic the intensity of the paintings, yet in a more abstract fashion. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. In 1999, he completed his first feature length surfing film, "The Seedling," and in 2004 released his second, "Sprout," and has just completed his third, "The Present," in the spring of 2009. Campbell is also creative director for a small, independent record label, Galaxia, based in Santa Cruz,CA, which has released records by contemporary artists Tommy Guerrero, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Peggy Honeywell and The Black Heart Procession.
Well, I am not a huge fan of using words to describe art and every time I am asked to write an artist statement my gut instinct is just to say "Um, I make stuff." And in reality that is what I do. I am a creative person by nature and by trial and error -- and I just enjoy adapting to different creative scenario's and moving with them. If I was arm wrestled into stating what my work is about…I would say that the basic theme's are affirmational in a self-referential sense…sometimes addressing personal or societal issues as simple reflection, just to say get your stuff together, don’t be a turd or just be thankful for what is -- and usually having. In general, I really rather people have there own unhindered experience with the work, than with so much back story...
VERY COOL STUFF THOMAS.