Rebecca Campbell’s larger-than-life works traverse the realms of figurative and expressionist painting in her uncanny depictions of the everyday. Pulling from lived experiences, her paintings breathe life into the domestic through her ability to weave quotidian narratives into melodramatic scenarios akin to dream sequences. Campbell is not afraid to address the sentimental, the nostalgic, or the emotional and instead faces these themes head on in a vast array of psychological experiences that range from celebration to mourning.
Campbell’s recent works have taken on a more surreal experimental quality in comparison to her previous forays, where she utilized a more traditional figurative approach. Trademarked by their large-scale, her paintings expand upon the everyday experience by infusing gestures that denote expression and feeling rather than representation. Her use of photographic cues, such as lens flares and shallow depth of field, further this feeling as they trigger a familiarity that is just outside of the viewer’s grasp.
Rebecca Campbell was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1971. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. She is the recipient of the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Eben Demarest Trust Fund Award. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the LA Louver Gallery, Ameringer-Mc Enery-Yohe, the Phoenix Art Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum among other galleries and museums. Currently an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, she has also taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Campbell’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, X-TRA, Artnet, ART PAPER, art ltd., The Huffington Post, and ARTWORKS Magazine.