Charles Campbell has exhibited widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe, representing Jamaica and Canada in events such as the HavanaBiennial and the Brooklyn Museum’s Infinite Islands exhibition. He is an active participant in the growing Caribbean contemporary arts scene as both an artist and a writer and is a regular contributor to ARC Magazine, a Caribbean arts journal.
- His recent work investigates the nature of time and concepts of the future using sculpture, performance and painting. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and currently lives and works in Canada.
My practice has been primarily concerned with mapping and questioning the relationship between meaning and image, particularly as they relate to my personal and cultural background. Art is both a tool to examine my understanding of the world and to transcend it.
- The iconography in my current work can generally be broken down into a few recurrent motifs: Historical images, slave ships, Mandalas, the ocean and flocks of birds... These appear in different forms – patterns on the flat pictorial space of the canvas, intersecting motifs on three dimensional objects and more recently actions in the real world by way of performance. Each manifestation carries with it different notion of time and space and together they attempt to pull at the bonds between meaning, image and understanding.
The intention is to create new possibilities out of the historically 'given', to inject non-linear notions of time into our linear understanding of where we came from and in some cases to "infect the present with the hopes and aspirations of a different future."
- MA Fine Art:
- Goldsmiths College University of London, London UK
- BFA - distinction:
- Concordia University Montreal PQ
- Transporter, Open Space, Victoria,
- Transporter, Modern Fuel, Kingston,
- Transporter, Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham
- Actor Boy, Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria, Canada
- Perpetual Symetry, Mutual Gallery & Art Centre, Kingston, Jamaica
- Real . Beauty, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria
- Black Horse, Grosvenor Galleries, Kingston
- Standing Back, Life of Jamaica Centre, Kingston
- Recent Work, Gallery Stornaway, Montreal
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Otherwise Black, Biennale d’art contemporain de la Martinique, Martinique
- The boat is a floating piece of space, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston
- Contemporary Jamaican Art: Circa 1962/Circa 2012, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
- National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston
- Act 5, Alice Yard, Port of Spain
- Wrestling with the image, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC
- About Change, World Bank & IDB Cultural Centre, Washington DC
- Global Caraïbes, Musée International des Arts Modeste, Sète, France
- Global Caribbean, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami
- Décima Bienal Habana, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, Havana
- X Bienal de Cuenca, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
- DiasporArt, Rideaux Hall, Ottawa
- Atlantis of Caraib, Habitation Clement, Martinique
- Impulses of the Jamaican Soul, ARTA Gallery, Toronto
- Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York
- Mastering Slavery, National Gallery of Jamaica/Institute of Jamaica, Kingston
- National Biennial Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston