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April Issue 2004
Cameo Fine Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Robert Campbell
Cameo Fine Art Gallery in Columbia, SC, is pleased to be presenting, Saturday Creations, by regional artist Robert Campbell through May 26, 2004. The exhibit will open on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2004, to kick off the annual spring Artista Vista event. This exhibition will also feature new works by Cameo's strong stable of artists.
Saturday Creations is an exhibit of free, loose and sometimes romanticized paint sketches by Campbell that invite the viewer to share in the experience of a Saturday morning exercise routine; "Evidence of the preliminary composition derisions, struggles with drawing, colors and edges, seemingly reckless brush strokes are all essential criteria for a successful "work out." "What I'm painting is secondary to HOW I am painting," states Cambell. Alla Prima - which basically means one sitting, is the approach used for Campbell's paint sketches. This approach is also an hour's focus on freshness using the wet on wet oil technique where Campbell is equally conscious and most comfortable. "A well executed swash recklessly brushstroke can say much or more than a mass labroid passage of any painting," adds the artist.
Campbell is a native Floridian who now resides in Aiken, SC. He has worked as a professional illustrator and has enjoyed success in an international arena largely devoted to wildlife conservation organizations including, World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation and the Smithsonian Institution.
Small town charm and a sense of a friendship with his University of South Carolina-Aiken college professor and comrade Al Beyer, made Aiken the perfect choice to call home. (For those of you, who aren't familiar with Al Beyer, he is a Professor of Art at USC-Aiken and an artist whose work is exhibited at both Cameo Fine Art and their sister gallery, The Arnold Gallery in Aiken, SC.) Beyer's work is complex, fresh and precise, much like Campbell's. They both have impeccable talent to resort to realism to convey the obvious (i.e., landscapes, animal portraits), but find more feeling and passion in the usage of wild brush strokes that are emotionally charged, expressive and properly executed to have deeper meaning.
Other artist's work that will be on display during Artista Vista include: Sharon Licata, Helen Fried, Scott French, Howard Hunt, Barbara Yon, Mary Alice Lockhart, Sherie Koenig, Jean McWhorter, Leanne Kelley-Badeaux, Bob Connely, Amanda Thorne-Suber, Charles Harpt, Lee Monts, Ingrid Hofer and Raku pottery by Peter Alsen.
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