|The first milestone on the road to success--the solo show.|
|After a late start, success as an artist came quickly.|
|Siamese Boxing Triplets and the Tarantino Dash, |
1982, Steven Campbell.
|I'm not sure which of these two versions (both from 1985)|
ended up in the Scottish National Gallery.
|Elegant Gestures of the Drowned after Max Ernst, |
1986, Steven Campbell.
|Painter Tripping Over the New,|
Campbell’s wife described him as a man “utterly committed to his art”, but also someone who would come home from the studio and be “a perfect dad and granddad”. Although Campbell had a reputation for being somewhat prickly, in truth he was a generous and humane with a keen appreciation of the ridiculous, and a connoisseur of the absurdities of human life. Mike Munro, the noted chronicler of Glasgow’s language and culture, tells of taking his young daughter to an early Campbell exhibition. He parked the child in a "stroller" beside one of Campbell’s large, very expensive (and sold) works. After a few minutes spent looking round, Munro returned to find that his child had been quietly filling in spaces in the painting with a crayon. When Campbell was told about the desecration, he erupted, not in anger, but in wild laughter.
|Untitled (from baby faced), 2006, Steven Campbell,|
one of his final paintings.