REDMILK MEETS THE ENGLISH ARTIST THOMAS CAMPBELL - A YOUNG CREATIVE WHO MADE THE COLOR, ABSTRACTIONISM AND FLUIDITY ESSENTIAL PARTS OF HIS FANTASTIC VISUAL WORLD.
The first step you’ve accomplished in the art world was:
To be honest I don’t really have one that stands out like that. I don’t think of the art world in the sense of it being some kind of ladder. Things happen and things move in a very round about way.
You said that the biggest influences in your work are ballet, jazz, football and making mistakes. Do you think that making mistakes can lead an artist to create?
I think it can do, i suppose some people would argue that making a mistake can ruin something. But I don’t have any perfect ideas that need to be meticulously executed, for me sometimes making a mistake reveals the processes behind a thing and those kind of insights are what I enjoy thinking about. A perfectly slick thing often bores me with it faultlessness.
Your interest for the movement is relevant in your works. Tell us more about what dance does it means for you and how did you managed to turn it into painting material…
Dance doesn’t mean that much to me to be honest. I’m not an expert in fact I’m a philistine really about dance. I like fluidity in paintings, pairings where your eyes moves over the canvas in passages of painting. Again that links back to my interest in how things are made rather than the final thing. When I look at a Rembrandt for example, I look at it from about 4 inches away!
From yesterday to today how did it changed London art world?
I’m not sure what you mean from yesterday to today. From the past ’til now? I guess in the past there were more “sets” from Francis bacon and Lucian Freud to the bloomsbury set of writers. But today, you know with the Internet and everything, there is no need for these movement based on location, as you can access any group in the world via the web. Which has its pros and cons I guess!
What do you think about the social changes happening in London right now?
Unfortunately that’s too broad a question for me to ever answer even if I felt remotely qualified to give an interesting answer. But it seems to me that what’s happening in London is just a representation of the instability that’s happening across the world.
As an Englishman do you think that London glamor may be affected by Brexit?
I’m not sure what kind of glamour you mean but no, I don’t think London will be really affected socially.
Any advice about new artists made in Britain we should keep an eye on?
Ewan Macfarlane, whose just entered the Royal College of Art is fantastic!
What’s inside your “artist kit”?
Nothing special every type of brush I can find and a variety of paints, mainly Old Holland variety and a few resin based paints.
How would you describe your art to somebody who doesn’t know you and your works?
A bit like the magic eye puzzles you did as a kid!
Thomas motto is:
I’m sorry I don’t have any kind of pithy motto. Bob Dylan said something like “if you can wake up, do what you like and then go to bed you’re doing alright!”