1933 - 2011
“My work has moved from figurative to expressive, then to abstraction. A Cabalist once said: ‘If you wish to grasp the invisible, you must penetrate as deeply as you can into the visible.’ This is the most interesting challenge for any artist; to comprehend this reality and to transform it into a painting. It is a task where inspiration needs to flow, suggesting only the essence of the subject matter.”
“Expressionism in painting is supposed to, and does, record merely the ‘inner experience’ of the artist. This is also the case with expressionistic sculpture, music and poetry and dance. Expressionism is concerned with the inner experiences, as opposed to Impressionism and the outer world. The Impressionists main concern was not to imitate nature but rather to study the effects of light and changing light. According to the German Expressionist Max Beckman (1884 – 1950) ‘everything that is cerebral, and transcendental is united in a painting with never-ending work of seeing this unchangeable power centre which, through the union of mind and spirit, makes the expression of the personal possible. It is the power of the spirit which compels mind and senses to eternal activity, in order to expand the awareness of space. The infinite godhead that surrounds us and in which we find ourselves.”
Ref. Jean comments on her approach to painting in her monologue ’I Adore Red’ published by Jean Campbell Contemporary Art publishers 2008
EDUCATION, PROJECTS & EMPLOYMENT:
University of Western Cape
Jean Campbell had both poise, passion and that rare ability to stand outside of herself and recognise the talent and needs of her fellow artists without compromising her own unique vision in any way. If she were still alive, she would applaud the recognition and success of her one-time neighbour and mentor, Vladimir Tretchikoff. His retrospective exhibition was curated by Andrew Lamprecht at IZIKO in 2011. Leaving behind a successful career in Japan at the end of WWII. Vladimir Tretchikoff had joined his wife and daughter in Cape Town. Denigrated by the critics as being sentimental he built successful career outside the South African gallery circuit.
While Tretchikoff’s popular appeal insured his personal income, this was not true of many gifted South African Artists including those who were previously challenged by the difficulties imposed by Bantu education and the conflicting taste caused by the cultural diversity of the South African population. Jean sought to use her knowledge of publishing to achieve sustainable careers for her fellow practising artists no matter how diverse their creed or colour. In collaboration with SAAA (the South African Association of Artists) and sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, Jean published ‘A Directory of Southern African Contemporary Art Practises’ volumes I & II. These publications listed the artist’s contact details aiming at giving the artists a direct entry to the Art Market. Art Routes were devised and publicised, and she contributed to magazines. Jean herself is represented in an international book on art from 2000-2002. Published in Holland.
Artist: JEAN CAMPBELL
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