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Steven Campbell

Three men of exactly the same size In an unequal room (1987)


Steven Campbell was recognised as one of the most innovative and exciting painters of Scotland. He was born in Glasgow, where after leaving school he worked in the steel industry as an engineer and fitter.

He trained at Glasgow School of Art between 1978 and 1982. In 1982 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and travelled to New York.

In New York, Campbell gained an international reputation. He returned to Glasgow in 1986 and developed his unique style of overlaying narrative with riddles and puzzles. His figurative painting style was reviewed by art critics as 'postmodern'.

Campbell styled himself flamboyantly after the great masters of the 19th century, referred to as one of the New Glasgow Boys, he is regarded as one of the finest Scottish painters of the last century.

Campbell died in August 2007 at just 54 years of age. He had been in intensive care for a month following a ruptured appendix.

Article By: Dave Roberts.

First Published: 2007.


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