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Ken Campbell is a second-generation painter and has been immersed in the visual arts all of his life. Ken's father mentored him as a youngster, in the principles and techniques of visual art. So while not formally trained, his passion for art grew in a supportive family environment. After his university sociology/psychology studies he returned to his pursuit of art and brought his interest in humanities with him.
In his early career Ken shared his creative time between fine art and commercial art. Like his early influences, Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven, many of whom were also commercial artists, he wore many creative hats including editorial cartoonist, production artist, graphic designer, art director, creative director, book illustrator and painter. In these too he was largely self-taught, preferring to train on-the-job, resulting in the emergence of a distinctive style that earning recognition in television, display, print, publishing and the galleries.
Today Ken Campbell is a full-time fine art painter working in British Columbia. His original fine art includes drawings, plein aire paintings and studio works. A practitioner in oils and acrylic media he adapts such techniques as "oils over acrylics", "metallic pigments painting" and Renaissance-style "underpainting & glazing". His style is based in realism with notes of impressionism and abstraction. Ken's oil and acrylic canvases reflect his passion for remarkable places and contemplative moments... seascapes, landscapes, figurative, still life and wildlife compositions.
When not travelling on painting trips or preparing for exhibitions, Ken makes time to lead painting and drawing classes and workshops.
"After more than three decades of creating commercial art as a graphic designer and book illustrator - telling other people's stories - I have begun the journey of a full-time painter, to tell my own."
in Port Arthur, ON. Nationality is Canadian
1972 Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Bachelor of Arts(Sociology)
2011 Ken Campbell & Mark Fletcher, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Canada House Gallery, Dynamic Demo Day, Banff, AB
2008 Hambleton Galleries, Equinox, Kelowna, BC
2008 The Avenue Gallery, Botanical Encounters group show, Victoria, BC
2008 UCW - Academy of Fine Art, Evolution faculty show, Victoria, BC
2007 UCW - Academy of Fine Art, Spring faculty show, Victoria, BC
2007 Ian Tan Gallery, Winter Group Show, Vancouver, BC
2007 The Avenue Gallery, Celebrating Small, Victoria, BC
2007 Campbell & Fletcher, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Dynamic Demo Day, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2006 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Joy Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 Adele-Campbell Gallery, "Welcome Home", 11th Annual Show, Whistler, BC.
2003 Sunlife Plaza, "Atrium Exhibitions", Calgary, AB, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC., Adele-Campbell Gallery,"Group of 10", Whistler, BC.
2002 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC.
2000 - 01 Artwork at Cadboro Bay, Annual Show, Victoria, BC.
1980-90's Fran Willis/North Park Gallery, Victoria, BC.,Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC., Michelle Frost Gallery, Victoria, BC.
2006 Artists in Canada
2000 Destination Gold, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
2000 The Ghost of Avalanche Mountain, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Stoddart Kids
2000 Caged Eagles, Eric Walters a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
1999 War of the Eagles, Eric Walters a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Bks
1998 A Light in the Dunes, Martha Attema a., Ken Campbell i., Orcaooks
1997 Goldstone, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Stoddt Kids
1996 River My Friend, William Bell a., Ken Campbell i., OrcBooks
1995 Tides of Change – Faces of the Northwest Coast, Sheryl McFarlane a., Ken Campbell, i., Orca Book
1995 A Time to Choose, Martha Attema a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Bks
1981 The Silent City, Elizabeth Vonarburg a., Jane Brierley t., Ken Campbell i., A Tesseract Book, Press Poepic
2008 Summer Colours Painting Workshop, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild, Canmore, AB
2007 Summer Colours Painting Workshop, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Banff, AB
2005 - 08 2D Design, Victoria College of Art, Victoria BC
2005 - 06 Fine Art Painting Techniques, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Artspace, Victoria, BC
2004 - 05 Fine Art Painting Techniques, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Island Blue Print, Victoria, BC
2003 - 2004 Imagecraft Workshop Series
2000 - 2001 Museum Exhibition & Design: Graphic Design for Exhibitions, University of Victoria, BC
2000 - 2001 Graphic Design & Illustration, Pacific Design Academy, Victoria, BC
2000 - 01 Lecturer: Graphic Design for Exhibitions, University of Victoria, Museum Exhibition & Design, Victoria, BC
1999 Crafting Your Imagination: Children's Book Illustrator (symposium), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
1999 Crafting Your Imagination: Children's Book Illustrator, University of Victoria, BC
1996 Authors In Schools Program: Illustrating Childrens' Books tour north island schools, local boards of education, Northern Vancouver Island