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Lived/Active: Colorado/South Carolina      Known for: tonalist western landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was submitted by the artist September 2004. With his studio and home in Durango, Colorado, Peter Campbell is best known for moody Tonalist landscapes of the American West.

BACKGROUND:

BORN: 1963 Anderson South Carolina

EDUCATION:
1989 BFA Savannah College Of Art & Design, Summa Cum Laude

AWARDS:
Independent Creative Achievement Award, 1989 Savannah GA
Malcolm Bell Scholarship Award, 1985 Savannah GA
National Scholastic Art Awards and Grants, 1985-1989

MOST RECENT SHOWS, EXHIBITS
CM Russell Show, March 2007

Rocky Mountain Club Landscape Show, 2005-Golden, Colorado
"Open Market Juried Show"
Tubac Center for the Arts, April 2004

"National Juried Exhibit", June 2003
Durango Arts Center
Merit Award

PUBLICATIONS:
Cowboys & Indians Magazine, July 2001, Dec 2003
Southwest Art, August 2000, May 2003
Architectural Digest, June 2002

Member of Colorado Council or the Arts since 1997
Works in private collections across the U.S. & Europe


Biography from Ann Korologos Gallery:
Peter Campbell seeks to convey an intimate and personal reaction to nature. His oils capture the quiet of dawn, twilight and moonlight, tapping into the spirit world that lingers in all of us. By limiting his palette and omitting details, Peter intends to create an atmosphere, a mood, sometimes even a dream-like world, which is open to each viewer’s interpretation.

Fleeting glimpses are the spark behind many of Peter Campbell’s landscape paintings. Out of the corner of his eye he will see something that catches his fancy and inspires him to paint. The challenge comes, he says, in trying to transfer that instant response to canvas. ‘You almost have to fight to hold on to that original idea,’ he says. ‘It takes a lot of work to develop that glimpse into the work you’re trying to produce.’

Campbell started his artistic career as a photographer, studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. While he honed his photography skills, painting became his passion, and he started painting full-time after moving to Colorado several years ago. He says his photographic background comes in handy when he’s working on his landscapes, which are often abstracted views of nature. ‘Photographers are able to look at the world and imagine a frame around it, seeing the shapes interact with each other,’ he says.

The life of an artist suits Campbell well, and his goals are simple: to continue pursuing his passion for painting. ‘Once you start down the road of art and painting, it’s a drug,’ he says. ‘I’m not happy if I’m not painting.’ Campbell ‘finds inspiration in the mountains, desert and ever-changing light.’ He says, ‘I work mainly on location to get a direct connection with the landscape. I believe this gets the ‘outside’ into a painting, giving it elements that make it alive.’

Peter Campbell was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in the May 2003 issue of Southwest Magazine, and has gained acclaim, as well as a loyal following of fans and collectors of his work.

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