Peter Campbell (b.1963), was an honors graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (1989), where he studied as a photographer. When he moved to Colorado in 1995, Campbell left the world of photography for the more interpretive world of painting. However, he has always maintained his obsession with the play of light against the wilderness.
Early in his career as a painter, he came to embrace intuitively a palette and vision that resembled late 19th and early 20th century tonalists. Recently, however, he has adopted more lively color renditions. Working from sketches and plein-air studies, he recreates a sense of place with his facility for realism in balance with a painterly quality. Filtered through a life spent outdoors in constant evaluation of light and its relationship to the land and natural matter, Campbell’s interpretations amount to more than mere valleys, rivers or widespread vistas. He specializes in making the commonplace extraordinary through a poetic use of color, shape, and perspective. His work presents to the viewer a sublime but restrained dialogue of land, light, and temporality, rendering images that are profoundly quiet and familiar.
While Campbell travels frequently in search of new landscapes to paint, he often finds that some of his favorite works are inspired by local Colorado landscapes. Although well known for his tonalist landscapes of light and water, and for the quiet mood these works evoke, Campbell also paints still-lifes, portraits, and plein-air studies. His work is based on light, form, color and composition. Working mainly from sketches, memory and life, Campbell brings quiet contemplation to the overlooked natural world. His works grow in depth over time and repeated exposure.
1989 Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
“Artists to Watch”, Southwest Art 2013
2018 First Place, Paint Out Quick Draw Competition, Sedona Plein Air Event, Sedona, AZ
2018 Artist Choice Award, Plein Air Painters of Colorado Members Show, CO
2018 NOAPS Juried Best of America small works exhibit spring, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN
2017 Best of Show, Aspen Red Brick Plein Air Event, Aspen, CO
2017 Best of Show, Boulder Plein Air Festival, Boulder, CO
2016 Best of Show, Aspen Red Brick Plein Air Event, Aspen, CO
2015 Best of Show, Aspen Red Brick Plein Air Event, Aspen, C
Finalist, Art Muse Contest
Finalist, Art Renewal Center Landscape Competition
Finalist, Outside the Box Competition, Portrait Society of America