On view January 20 – April 6, 2017
Motivated by the lack of women’s representation in the art world, and in homage to the artists who inspire her, Campbell began her You are Here project in Fall 2015, which features a series of portraits of women artists working in Los Angeles.
Campbell makes each painting with the same dimensions, using paper that she primes with a custom pink acrylic paint. She then employs a limited palette of black, white, and gray to build the portrait. Although she approaches each work with identical parameters, Campbell imbues each portrait with a unique sense of identity, capturing their likeness with bold and gestural brushstrokes. Each sitter meets the gaze of the viewer, with her strengths and vulnerabilities candidly conveyed. Beyond subject matter, these works are a celebration of painting itself, and the quality of imagery that can only be brought forth with paint and brush. As Campbell states, “I believe deeply in process being content.”
Rebecca Campbell was born and raised in Salt Lake City, the youngest of seven children. Campbell earned her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from UCLA, graduating in 2001. In addition to California, Campbell’s paintings have been exhibited across the United States, from New York, Vermont and Florida, to Ohio, Utah, Colorado and Oregon, and overseas in Madrid, Spain, and Basel, Switzerland. In 2011, she was featured alongside Angela Ellsworth in the two-person exhibition A Peculiar People at the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
“I am not interested in making very realistic depictions; I do not sort people out by what they make; I just choose people who are serious, diligent, hard working, and good at what they do.” – Rebecca Campbell
This exhibition and programming was made possible by the support of L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, and the Cal Lutheran Artists and Speakers Committee.
Image: Rebecca Campbell, Carlee (from the You are Here series), acrylic on paper, 30 x 22.25 inches, 2015. Courtesy of L.A. Louver Gallery and the artist.