Lookback: Steven Campbell - Love

Posted on 16 Apr 2020 in News, Visual Art

campbell main.jpgIf you're looking for #WFH inspiration, here is a case study in 'working from home.' 'Love' is a series of twelve large multi-media collages made by celebrated Glasgow artist Steven Campbell, between 1988-91. Completed at the kitchen table, amid the rhythms of family life, the series was exhibited in our T5 gallery in early 2018 - 30 years since Campbell began the series, and 10 years after his death, in 2007.

Campbell began the works on his return to Scotland in 1987 following a five year period of living and working in New York. The collages represent a little known, experimental  area of  Campbell’s practice which also includes clay, plaster and papier mache sculpture, drawing, printmaking and textile design.

While Campbell’s paintings were often executed with terrific speed - a canvas, he claimed, could be completed in five days - these large scale, predominantly two- dimensional collages were each made over a period of weeks, in part because of the laborious way in which the artist chose to work with material (hand painting and then adhering individual strands of string rather than painting once they were integrated into the collage). In these works we see a manifestation of the most powerful cornerstones of his life: his family, the natural world and his boundless imagination.

'Love' was exhibited at Tramway from 20 Jan - 26 Mar 2018.
It was curated by Linsey Young in collaboration with Tramway.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Further Reading

Read an introduction to Steven Campbell's life and work, published by National Galleries Scotland in 2017, when his work was included in Generation, the national survey of contemporary art in Scotland. 

Visit the website of The Steven Campbell Trust>
Founded in 2009 to ensure the artists legacy, its work prioritises 
education and access, with a cross-disciplinary approach reflecting Steven’s interests and inspiration in music, visual art, poetry, performance and writing.


Image: 'Love' (crop), courtesy of the artist's estate