Brian Campbell

Date of birth
21 Sep 1953
Brian Campbell was born in Invercargill in 1953. A printmaker of dramatic woodcuts, Brian uses quirky and at times bizarre imagery, giving a unique flavour to his prints and paintings. A prominent period in his making is marked by his monochromatic 'corrugated iron' woodcuts, in which the landscape and everything on it seems to be made of the ubiquitous metal. These are one of a series of prints going back to 1985 which have a funky, humorous quality. Campbell makes comments about aspects of society and modes of living, disguised in a surreal, cartoon presentation.

Campbell has taken part in a multitude of group shows, including the Montana Lindauer Art Awards. He creates paintings and prints predominantly, but has also created sterling silver jewellery, slip cast pottery, screenprinted clothing (particularly T-shirts), graphic art, and magazine illustrations. He has also tutored at Pāremoremo Prison and at Tūranganui-a-Kiwa School and the Tairāwhiti Polytechnic.

Born and educated in Invercargill, doing School Certificate and 6th Form art.
1978 moved to Gisborne, mainly for the surf and the climate. Apart from two periods in Auckland he has lived in Gisborne permanently.
1980/81 moved to Auckland to study at the Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University.
1986 First solo exhibition at Scrumples Cafe, Gisborne.
1987 Group show at Star Art, Auckland. Spent a year in Auckland and worked on a screenprint series, and paintings.
1988 Solo show at the Aberhart/North Gallery in Auckland, and again in 1991.
1991 Won award for Gisborne Telecom directory cover, Solo show at the Trish White Gallery, Gisborne.
1992 Exhibition at Gisborne Museum & Arts Centre (now known as Tairāwhiti Museum).
1993 Exhibition at Wharf Cafe, Gisborne.
1995 Exhibition at Wharf Cafe, Gisborne; Cafe Brio, Wellington; Gisborne Museum & Arts Centre.
6-25 November 2009: Hoof VS Hand, group exhibition, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne.
1-30 June 2012: Related by Blood, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne
2013: In with the New. Tairāwhiti Museum; Devolution, 5-27 July PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne.
7 Nov - 20 December 2014: Beautiful Life, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne.
1 May-12 July 2015: iNked iMpressions, Tairāwhiti Museum.
17 April - 28 June 2015: Hoof versus Hand, Curated by Damian Skinner, Tairāwhiti Museum.
8 May - 8 August 2021: Head Above the Water, Hastings City Art Gallery

His work is represented in collection of Tairāwhiti Museum.


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