Winner of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist Award
James Campbell is an innovative mixed media artist born in Oregon and currently lives in Indiana. I recently chose him to win a Featured Artist Award in the Manhattan Arts International “New Beginnings” online exhibition.
His Wall Sculptures Take Flight
James continuously strives to take his art to the next level using unique methods of integrating different materials to present a new structural art form. His work is aesthetically beautiful, rich in texture, depth and movement. He provides a myriad of literal and symbolic references to our relationship with nature and architecture while altering our perception of space and dimension.
The artist states, “One goal of my art, for myself and the viewer, is to ‘real-ize’ through the creative process the possibility of discovery.”
His current creative process involves painting in reverse on large sheets of glass, developing the image from the foreground to the background resulting in a thick vinyl-like sheet of paint when removed from the glass. He explains, “The structures I build are of wood, with sheets of paint applied to the prepared panels. I love the enigmatic nature of this surface, where you can see the immediacy of the strokes, but are presented with a glossy smooth surface.”
This is not his first award James has received from Manhattan Arts International. He received awards in three different “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions and one in our “Art That Lifts The Spirit” exhibition. He is also the recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist’s Grant. His art is in numerous private and public collections including Eli Lilly & Company and Alusuisse Composites, Inc. James is also a founding member of the Bloomington Open Studios Tour, now beginning it’s seventh year. He was the first artist to be featured on WTIU/PBS, “the Weekly Special”.
James’ art has been exhibited in galleries throughout the nation. Recent exhibitions include the 60th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Chautauqua, New York, a 2017 solo exhibition at the John Waldron Art Center and he participated in the Venue Fine Art, Ekphrasis show, among others.
James served in the U.S. Air Force, which is clearly an influence in his art. With his entries to the “New Beginnings” exhibition, James included this statement: “Migrations, flights and dreams all begin with views from a new vantage point. My wall sculptures ‘Flights’ series takes off with the symbolism of the wing structure. Imagery is fueled by fleeting impressions of what I may see from 35,000 feet, or caught up in the open vista of imagining that an airplane might desire the freedom of flight.”
In addition to this Featured Artist article, James will receive much deserved promotion across our widespread social media platforms and will be featured in an article published on Artweek.com and in a Manhattan Arts International YouTube video.
When James was notified about his award, he wrote: “I’m very pleased with your thoughtful commentary and encouraging support. I appreciate your long standing recognition of my work, it gives me strength to keep at it.”
Visit James Campbell’s website at www.campbellarts.net