Cressida Campbell is among Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working with painting and printmaking. Directly inspired by her surroundings, for over 40 years the Gadigal/Sydney-based artist has transformed commonplace experiences from her life into single edition prints and painted woodblocks.
Combining keen observation with a delicacy of line, Campbell’s woodblock paintings and prints capture the overlooked beauty of the everyday. Through her views of a working harbour or burnt bushland, an arrangement of nasturtiums or a plate of ripening persimmons, the artist celebrates the transitory moments of life.
The survey exhibition will present the depth and virtuosity of Campbell's work, extending from intimate interior views through to panoramic coastal landscapes. It will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that features writing from curators, artists, poets and other voices.
Cressida Campbell is a Know My Name project.
Curator: Dr Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings
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Cressida Campbell celebrates the career of an exceptional Australian colourist who has worked between painting and printmaking for over forty years. Combining keen observation with rigorous design, Campbell uses an innovative process to create woodblock paintings and unique woodcut prints that take direct inspiration from the everyday. Moving between still-life arrangements, domestic interiors, gardens and coastal panoramas, her stylised compositions intertwine life and art. These formal meditations on ordinary beauty are testament to Campbell’s astonishing attention to detail and technical virtuosity.
This book offers new insights into Cressida Campbell’s artistic vision, featuring original research and reflections from curators, artists, poets and writers, as well the artist’s own autobiographical notes. Generously illustrated, the publication will locate Campbell within the lineage of significant Australian contemporary artists.
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2022
300 x 240 mm
full colour | hardback
ISBN 978 0 642 33501 2
Fri 23 Sep 2022
Fri 23 Sep 2022, 11.30am