Ken Campbell Fine Art

West Coast artist Ken Campbell was born and raised in Ontario and grew up around Thunder Bay, Peterborough and Port Hope during the 1950s & 60s. He lived in a 'creative' home. His mother worked in kiln-formed glass. His father was an independent filmmaker and artist working in ceramics, welded steel, photography and painting.

Mixing local colours, painting en plein aire, Finlayson Point. 'Raven-whisperer'. Getting reference materials. Patience and a bold raven at Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park. Photos by Caley Campbell. Painting en plein aire. Capturing late afternoon colour, Beacon Hill Park. Beaver Lake, Saanich.
Photo by Chris Campbell.

Each original artwork carries the signature of Ken Campbell. Reminiscent of a 'chop' signature it contains the artist's name — stacked in a box in a hand-drawn calligraphic style.

Ken's father mentored him as a youngster, in the principles and techniques of visual art. (see BLOG: 'In The Shadow of an Artist'). So while not formally trained, his passion for art grew in a supportive family environment. After his university sociology/psychology studies he returned to his pursuit of art and brought his interest in humanities with him.

In his early career Ken shared his creative time between fine art and commercial art. Like his early influences, Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven, many of whom were also commercial artists, he wore many creative hats including editorial cartoonist, production artist, graphic designer, art director, creative director, book illustrator and painter. In these too he was largely self-taught, preferring to train on-the-job, resulting in the emergence of a distinctive style that earning recognition in television, display, print, publishing and the galleries.

Today Ken Campbell is a full-time fine art painter working from Imagecraft Studio in Victoria, BC. His original fine art includes drawings, plein aire paintings and studio works. A practitioner in oils and acrylic media he adapts such techniques as "oils over acrylics", "metallic pigments painting" and Renaissance-style "underpainting & glazing". His style is based in realism with notes of impressionism and abstraction.

Ken's oil and acrylic canvases reflect his passion for remarkable places and contemplative moments... seascapes, landscapes, figurative, still life and wildlife compositions.

When not travelling on painting trips or preparing for exhibitions, Ken makes time to lead painting and drawing classes and workshops.

Exhibitions (Selected Group and Solo)

2008Hambleton Galleries, Equinox, Kelowna, BC
2008Canada House Gallery, Dynamic Demo Day, Banff, AB
2008The Avenue Gallery, Botanical Encounters group show, Victoria, BC
2008UCW - Academy of Fine Art, Evolution faculty show, Victoria, BC
2007UCW - Academy of Fine Art, Spring faculty show, Victoria, BC
2007Ian Tan Gallery, Winter Group Show, Vancouver, BC
2007The Avenue Gallery, Celebrating Small, 3rd Annual Exhibition, Victoria, BC
2007Canada House Gallery, Joy Exhibition, Banff, AB
2007Canada House Gallery, Dynamic Demo Day, Banff, AB
2007Canada House Gallery, Campbell/Fletcher Show Banff, AB
2007The Avenue Gallery, 3rd Annual Paint Out, Victoria, BC
2006The Avenue Gallery, Celebrating Small, 2nd Annual Exhibition, Victoria, BC
2006Sidney Fine Art Show, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Sidney, BC
2006The Avenue Gallery, 2nd Annual Paint Out, Victoria, BC
2006Canada House Gallery, Joy Exhibition, Banff, AB
2006UCW - Academy of Fine Art, faculty show, Victoria, BC
2005The Avenue Gallery, Celebrating Small, 1st Annual Exhibition, Victoria, BC
2005The Avenue Gallery, 1st Annual Paint Out, Victoria, BC
2005The Avenue Gallery, Catch the Sky, Victoria, BC
2005Sidney Fine Art Show, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Sidney, BC
2005Canada House Gallery, Joy Exhibition, Banff, AB
2004Adele-Campbell Gallery, "Welcome Home", 11th Annual Show, Whistler, BC
2003The Avenue Gallery, Canoe — Images of the Mystic Journey, Victoria, BC
2003Sunlife Plaza, Atrium Exhibitions, Calgary, AB
2003Adele-Campbell Gallery, Group of 10, Whistler, BC
2002Pacific Impressions, Imagecraft Studio, Victoria, BC
2001Artwork at Cadboro Bay, 2nd Annual Show, Victoria, BC
2000Artwork at Cadboro Bay, 1st Annual Show, Victoria, BC
2000-02Happily Ever After: BC Children's Book Illustrators Picturing Diversity and Success, Curated exhibition about the artworks that illustrates childrens' literature, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
1980-90sThe Art Emporium, Vancouver, BC
1980-90sFran Willis/North Park Gallery, Victoria, BC
1980-90sArt Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
1980-90sMichelle Frost Gallery, Victoria, BC
1970-80sHollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
1970-80sGallery of Fine Art, Thunder Bay, ON
1970-80sThunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

Teaching (Select)

2008Summer Colours Painting Workshop, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild, Canmore, Alberta
2007Summer Colours Painting Workshop, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Banff, Alberta
2005-082D Design, Victoria College of Art, Victoria BC
2005-06Fine Art Painting Techniques, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Artspace, Victoria, BC
2004-05Fine Art Painting Techniques, Imagecraft Workshop Series, Island Blue Print, Victoria, BC
2000-01Graphic Design and Illustration, Pacific Design Academy, Victoria, BC
2000-01Lecturer: Graphic Design for Exhibitions, University of Victoria, Museum Exhibition & Design, Victoria, BC
1996Authors In Schools Program: Illustrating Childrens' Books tour north island schools, local boards of education, Northern Vancouver Island (Port Hardy, Port Alice, Port McNeill, Sointula, Alert Bay)
1999Crafting Your Imagination: Children's Book Illustrator (symposium), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Art in Publication (Select)

1981The Silent City, Elizabeth Vonarburg a., Jane Brierley t., Ken Campbell i., A Tesseract Book, Press Porcepic
1995Tides of Change — Faces of the Northwest Coast, Sheryl McFarlane a., Ken Campbell, i., Orca Book
1995A Time to Choose, Martha Attema a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
1995River My Friend, William Bell a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
1995Goldstone, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Stoddart Kids
1995A Light in the Dunes, Martha Attema a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
1999War of the Eagles, Eric Walters a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
2000Destination Gold, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books
2000The Ghost of Avalanche Mountain, Julie Lawson a., Ken Campbell i., Stoddart Kids
2000Caged Eagles, Eric Walters a., Ken Campbell i., Orca Books

In Print

2007 MagazineArt, Ken Campbell, Through the Rearview Mirror, by Carl Meyer (PDF)
2003Artists In Canada, Ken Campbell — Canoe: Images of a Mystic Journey, by Robert Amos (PDF)
2003Boulevard Magazine, Ken Campbell — Canoe: Images of a Mystic Journey, by Kate Cino