Born and raised in Ontario, Ken grew up between Thunder Bay, Peterborough and Port Hope in the 50s & 60’s. His parents were also practicing artists: his mother worked in copper enamel and kiln-formed glass while his father — an independent filmmaker — worked in ceramics, welded steel, photography and painting.
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 has worn many creative hats including editorial cartoonist, production artist, graphic designer, art director, creative director, book illustrator and painter. He trained on-the-job resulting in a distinctive style that earning him recognition for his work in television, display, print, publishing and galleries.
Today Ken Campbell is a full-time fine art painter working from "Imagecraft Studio" in Victoria, BC. His original paintings include plein aire and studio works. A seasoned practitioner in oils and acrylic media he is well known for such innovative techniques as "oils over acrylics", painting with "metallic pigments" and Renaissance-style "underpainting & glazing". His style is based in realism with notes of impressionism and abstraction. Ken also leads fine art classes and painting workshops.
Ken’s oil and acrylic canvases reflect his passion for remarkable places and contemplative moments… seascapes, landscapes, figurative, still life and wildlife compositions.
On “the artist’s path”…
“I think of art and painting as a journey, not simply a destination.I believe an artist needs to start by painting 100 works.Love the journey”.
“Artists paint virtual doorways.The viewer stands in front of it and chooses to enter (engage in) the visual narrative before them.Their response is triggered by the design, drawing, form, colour, etc. presented by the artist but draws on their own experiences and imagination.”
1960-85 H.K. Campbell, Mentor
1964-67 Zoltan Temesey, Art teacher, Adam Scott High School, Peterborough, ON
1972 Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
2007 - Canada House Gallery, “Campbell/Fletcher Show” Banff, AB
2007 - The Avenue Gallery, “3rd Annual Paint Out”, Victoria, BC
2006 - The Avenue Gallery, “Celebrating Small, 2nd Annual Exhibition”, Victoria, BC
2006 - The Avenue Gallery, “2nd Annual Paint Out”, Victoria, BC
2007 - Canada House Gallery, “Joy Exhibition”, Banff, AB
2005 - The Avenue Gallery, “Celebrating Small, 1st Annual Exhibition”, Victoria, BC
2005 - The Avenue Gallery, “1st Annual Paint Out”, Victoria, BC
2005 - The Avenue Gallery, “Catch the Sky”, Victoria, BC
2005 - Canada House Gallery, “Joy Exhibition”, Banff, AB
2004 - Adele-Campbell Gallery, "Welcome Home", 11th Annual Show, Whistler, BC
2003 - The Avenue Gallery, “Canoe – Images of the Mystic Journey”, Victoria, BC
2003 - Sunlife Plaza, Calgary, AB,
The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
Adele-Campbell Gallery, "Group of 10", Whistler, BC.
The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, BC
Fran Willis/North Park Gallery, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Michelle Frost Gallery, Victoria, BC.
Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
Gallery of Fine Art, Thunder Bay, ON
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, On
2004-07 - Academy of Fine Arts - University Canada West (formerly Victoria College of Art), 2D Design
2000-07 - Imagecraft Workshop Series (fine art painting technique)
2000-01 - Pacific Design Academy, Graphic Design and Illustration, Victoria, BC
2000-01 - University of Victoria, Museum Exhibition & Design: Graphic Design for Exhibitions, BC