"No God, No Peace; Know God, Know Peace"
~ PHILIP CAMPBELL
ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Ernest O. Disney-Britton
|"Rising From The Fire" by Philip Campbell, 20x16x2 inches|
|Mixed media artist Phil Campbell in his studio. Image courtesy of Michelle Pemberton / The Indianapolis Star|
- Where and when were you born, and what is your artistic training? I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 16, 1965. I was first inspired by the paintings of my older brother. In 1983 I took an airbrush class with Tony Utley. His training and wisdom opened me right up. I Received my BFA from the Herron School of Art in 1989.
- Which religious tradition has informed your artwork, and how? When I decided to start sculpting I looked to Hispanic icon carvers for inspiration. Their totems of figures formed in to crosses fascinated me. I have recently discovered the work of Zygfryd Gross. He carves religious sculpture in the baroque style. I cannot say enough about his work and the possibilities it fills my head with.
- Have you ever had to defend exploring religious ideas? No
- What challenges have you faced in creating religious-themed works? So far I haven’t faced any. I tell my stories in hopes of helping you reconnect to yours. Like in “Rising From The Fire” The phoenix rising from the fire and ashes is most often used as an emblem of reborn idealism or hope, but if you have been through that fire you know that you emerge much more humble like the sparrow. Its about your personal experiences regardless of race, class, gender or sexuality.
- Who are your favorites artists, and whose work is in your own collection? A few of my favorite artists include Francesco Clemente, Louise Nevelson, El Anatsui, Ando Hiroshige. Artists in my collection include Tony Fitzpatrick, Lois Main Templeton, Justin Cooper, Johnny McKee, David Morrison, Marisa Carpes, Joyce Garner, Carl Robert Pope Jr. and many others.
- Who collects your work, and why? My work is mostly in private collections. People who collect my work are people who connect to the narrative. People who say, “Thats my story” or “That reminds me of the time…”
- Where can AOA collectors experience your work this year? Over the next year you can see my work in NYC at Clampart; Cincinnati at Thundersky Inc.; Santa Monica at BG Gallery; Indianapolis at Christian Theological Seminary on February 22nd; and my next solo exhibit is at Adventureland Gallery in Chicago in April 2018.
|"Spiritual Make-Believe" by Philip Campbell, 20x16x2 inches|
|Polish-artist Zygfryd Gross in his studio carving sacred sculpture for a church|
|"Rising From the Fire" by Philip Campbell is a work about renewal.|
|Francesco Clemente's Sufi inspired work "After Attar's 'The Conference of the Birds' V," 45 inches by 45 inches, watercolor/paper, 2006. . Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York.|
|"The Codependent Captain and His Sinking Ship" by Philip Campbell, 20x16x2 inches|
|Detail of "Burning Boats" installation by Philip Campbell, 24'x4'x2'. Image courtesy of the artist|
|Established in 2008, the Alpha Omega Prize is presented annually on November 1st.|