Inspired by a diverse array of source material, Tomo Campbell’s large-scale oil paintings are constantly altering, extending and breaking down conventions. His abstracted depictions of ‘traditional’ subjects such as hunting, parades and explorers are, as he puts it, ‘never quite solid or whole’, yet they exude an extraordinarily rich sense of vision. ‘I try to paint in a way that makes the paint vibrate’, says Campbell, ‘to make it look light and delicate and on the cusp of shifting’. His bold, layered arrangements of complementary colours, reminiscent of the Rococo, offer multiple focal points and keep the eye in constant motion. Balancing activity and stasis, confidence and doubt, his works occupy a fertile space somewhere between the known and the undiscovered.
Tomo Campbell (b. 1988) lives and works in London. Solo shows include From Now On, Q Contemporary, Hong Kong (2022); If You Know How To Get Here, Come, County Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, USA (2021), Go on Then, Cob Gallery, London (2020); There, Cob Gallery, London (2018); and If You Know How To Get Here, Come, Gallery Voltaire, Melbourne (2017).
Campbell has featured in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs including CAN Contemporary Art Now, Ibizia, Spain (2022), EXPO Chicago, USA (2022), Untitled Art, Miami Beach, USA, (2021), Veil, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh UK (2018); Dallas Art Fair, Texas, USA (2017); Palm Tree Gallery, London, UK (2015); Rushgrove House, London, UK (2012); and Motion Gallery, London, UK (2010). Campbell was awarded the first artist in residence place at the English National Ballet which he participated in between 2012-2013.