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Barbara Campbell Thomas
updated: 04/24/2013
website: www.BarbaraCampbellThomas.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Black and red
Green/grey jump
Orange/blue loop rhythm
Pink and orange triangle
Dark blue (and red)
Blue/red/grey circles
Lines and circles (layered)
Black and blue
Black windows
Pieced orange loop
Pink/white spiral
Red line
Yellow/grey/blue jump
Yellow/pink (pieces)
Yellow stripes (pink circles)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, collage, repetition, optical, geometric, pattern
 
 
Black and red by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Black and red
acrylic and collage on paper
2012
8.5 " x  11 " 
Green/grey jump by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Green/grey jump
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Orange/blue loop rhythm by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Orange/blue loop rhythm
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Pink and orange triangle by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Pink and orange triangle
acrylic, ink, canvas and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Dark blue (and red) by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Dark blue (and red)
acrylic and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Blue/red/grey circles by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Blue/red/grey circles
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Lines and circles (layered) by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Lines and circles (layered)
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Black and blue by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Black and blue
acrylic, ink, canvas and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Black windows by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Black windows
acrylic, denim, and collage on paper
2012
8.5" x  11" 
Pieced orange loop by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Pieced orange loop
acrylic, ink, cloth and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Pink/white spiral by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Pink/white spiral
acrylic, ink, cloth and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Red line by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Red line
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Yellow/grey/blue jump by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Yellow/grey/blue jump
acrylic, ink and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Yellow/pink (pieces) by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Yellow/pink (pieces)
acrylic, ink, canvas and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Yellow stripes (pink circles) by Barbara Campbell Thomas
Yellow stripes (pink circles)
acrylic, ink, cloth and collage on paper
2012
11" x  8.5" 

Artist Statement

Every moment of a life compresses a multitude of sounds and images.  Multiply a few of those moments by a thousand and insert the presence of human memory—its selective subjectivity characterized by the blur of color, and the flickered recollection of pattern and shape.  Combine those hours with a trip to the store, a walk down the street at rush hour or a few hours teaching in a drawing classroom.  Throw in the morning paper, a quick pass through Facebook, a flip through a trashy magazine at the doctor’s office, yesterday’s newly begun e-book, and dinner’s bright pile of roasted red beets.  Respond to a crying child.  Clean a filthy bathroom.  Brew a pot of coffee.

When I enter my studio, I am awash in the relentlessness of living now.  Because I cannot shed my time and space, I IMAGE the fragmented, crazy quilt physical reality of contemporary life in paintings and in collages on paper.  I delight in urging idiosyncratic shapes into an odd, intuitive order--just barely intact.  My images are maps melding internal reality with an invented spatial reality.

               Conceptually committed to inventing a visual counterpart to the breakneck pace of our culture through images equally relentless in their press of information, my paintings and collages revel in high-keyed color, the juxtaposition of shape and pattern, and the literal inclusion of bits of daily ephemera—such as colored cardboard from a cracker box, tin-foil or a child’s worn t-shirt—as my means of locating some kind of ecstatic, exuberant, ever unfolding space analogous to our fast existence.   

Artist Bio / CV

Barbara Campbell Thomas is an artist who makes paintings, drawings and collages. Campbell Thomas’s work has been exhibited nationally, in such venues as the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, her work has been favorably reviewed in Art Papers as well as The International Exchange for Poetic Invention.

She is a member of the Charlottesville, Virginia-based artists’ collective, The Printmaker’s Left, and has work in their most recent publication, The New World, which was exhibited in Summer 2009 at Graphica Creativa, the 12th International Print Triennial in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Campbell Thomas received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000 and her BFA from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998. She has been an artist-in-residence three times at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia, as well as at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Additionally, she was a fellow at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut.

She lives and works in Climax, North Carolina.