In her current exhibition these intricately detailed paintings are juxtaposed against her slightly whimsical sculptures, depicting people with their children and dogs in their cars and boats. “These works are inspired by the holiday makers who come to this area and are glazed with bright coloured glazes to give them a festive appearance,” says Chris. The mix is intriguing and effective.
Chris Campbell’s exhibition ‘The Shifting Viewpoint’ will be showing at the Nexus Gallery Bellingen until August 18th. The exhibition is the culmination of several years of work for Chris. “The inspiration for the paintings has come from the landscape of the Mid North Coast and the bush that surrounds my home and the views that I see every day from the hill on which I live,” says Chris.
Chris and her partner shifted from Melbourne to the Nambucca Valley many years ago and have since lived in many of the small valleys that are situated behind Bowraville. “We came seeking a lifestyle that would be different from the fast pace of the city and I have found that this environment supports my creative practice very well.” The move has provided Chris the opportunity to work closely with the local artistic community and to attain a Diploma of Visual Arts and a Certificate IV in Ceramics from Coffs Harbour Tafe. “I have gained so much knowledge from my many talented teachers.” Chris has also recently completed a BA of Fine Arts with Charles Sturt University by Distance Education.
The process undertaken to complete many of Chris’s paintings is quite a journey. “It starts with my traversing the land, walking along the bush tracks and stopping to do quick sketches along the way. I sometimes do more detailed drawings of the wider landscape which take several drawing sessions over many days. These images are then transferred to canvas and preliminary painting is done in the studio before being completed on site. Some years ago I started making 2 dimensional maps of the bush tracks in which different perspective views were included in one art work, this being akin to the way in which we often view the world by looking up, down, around and through trees and branches which can be like looking through windows into the landscape,” explains Chris.