Campbell, Carolyn

  • Home:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Title:
    Keeping watch
  • Media:
    Pencil and acrylic on canvas / crayon et acrylique sur toile
  • Dimensions:
    55 x 83 cm

Keeping Watch is a self portrait in a series of paintings over the last five years of my women artist friends depicted as icons or indices. I don’t think of these pictures purely as portraits, which is somewhat evident in the fact that the bodies and faces are hybrids. The specificity of the faces is important; I like that which is particular, exacting and ineffably communicative. The more precise and seemingly anachronistic my choices are, with respect to the Holbein costumes I’ve borrowed, or the colour field painting techniques employed in the negative space, or the art historical significance of the gaze – the more it seems questionable that one can ever know who it is we think we see. The movement between self documentation and social critique is rooted in the power of materiality, the heavy investment in the subject, and the understanding that what is real is often preferably, and beautifully unreal.

EDUCATION:

2004

University of Alberta, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Painting Division


1994

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree, Art History


1987

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Art and Design


AWARDS:

2004

Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship


2004

Alberta Learning Graduate Student Scholarship


2003 – 2004

Graduate Research Assistantship, Graduate Program Research and Review


2003

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design


2003

The Eva Toban Scholarship


EXHIBITIONS:

2008

Solo Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Alberta


2008

Colour Sense and Sensibilia, Triangle Gallery, Calgary, Alberta


2008

Lake Edith Painters, Jasper Yellowhead Museum, Alberta


2006

Group Exhibition, Peter Robertson Gallery, Alberta


2006

Neither Here nor There, Arts Hab, Alberta


2005

Satin Cast, solo exhibition, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Alberta


2005

All you can art, Harcourt House Arts Centre, Alberta


2005

Draw, Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta


2004

December Group Show, Vanderleelie Gallery, Alberta


2004

Carolyn Campbell and Linda Lindemann, Vanderleelie Gallery, Alberta


2004

To Call me Ishmael, solo exhibition, University of Alberta FAB Gallery, Alberta


2003

Fast Forward, University of Alberta FAB Gallery, Alberta


2003

Open Field, The Works Festival, Stanley A. Milner Public Library, Alberta


PUBLICATIONS:
“Blurring lines for art’s sake”, Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, October 3, 2008
CBC Radio Calgary, regional and national broadcast, June 23, 2008 for Colour Sense and Sensibilia   Shaw TV Channel 10 Calgary, July 23, 2008 for Colour Sense and Sensibilia
“From Aristotle to Edmonton”, Anthea Black, FFWD Weekly, July 31- August 6, 2008
“Postmodern touches here and there”, Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, Jan 27/2006
“Campbell’s portrait work combines classic and current”, Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, Jul 22/05
“People person”, Christa O’Keefe, See Magazine, August 4 – August 10, 2005
Shaw Television, July 20, 2005, interview with Tamara San Martin
“Keeping a head of the class”, Agnieszka Matejko, Vue Weekly, July 21-27, 2005, pg 54
Following the Footsteps column, Shelagh Kubish, New Trails magazine, summer 2005, pg 47
“At least 26 ways to draw”, Allison Kydd, See Magazine, December – January 2004
“Drawing them in”, Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette, December 18, 2004, pg 22
“Drawing is not child’s play for EAG artists”, Olenka Melnyk, Edmonton Journal, December 29, 2004
“Draw celebrates the return of pencil to paper as a genre”, Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, Dec 3/04
“Draw”, Marna Bunnell, Take Part, October – December 2004, pg 8-9
“Memories make Campbell and Lindemann perfect gallery mates”, Bouchard, Edm Journal, Sept 24/04
“Ishmael and female”, Agnieszka Matejko, Vue Weekly, May 20-26, 2004, pg 48
“Campbell inspired by literature, Barzel by music”, Bouchard, Edmonton Journal, May 21, 2004

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