Mon Ami | Alexandre Mattiussi and Tomo Campbell on their latest shows

Port, October 14, 2020

For many months, days have bled into one another and there has been little to tell them apart. Time has both stood still and sped by, routines and ruts snuffing creative sparks. But, for creative director and founder of AMI, Alexandre Mattiussi, and painter Tomo Campbell, this year has been as productive as any other. Recently working together, they have presented and are presenting their latest collections in Paris and London respectively. Mattiussi, who founded the award-winning Parisian fashion brand in 2011, showcased his cool, carefree, laissez faire SS21 menswear and womens- wear collection – titled ‘Suddenly Next Summer’ – during Paris Fashion Week, while Campbell is currently presenting ‘Go On Then’, a suite of new mixed media works on canvas as his second solo exhibition at Cob Gallery, during London’s Frieze week.

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, Campbell has exhibited internationally and was awarded the first artist in residence place at the English National Ballet. His abstract, large-scale oil takes on traditional subjects are best described in the British artists own words: “they are never quite solid or whole. I try to paint in a way that makes the paint vibrate, to make it look light and delicate and on the cusp of shifting. The more you look, the more you get, and I like making people really have to look.”