Cressida Campbell

Australian artist, born in Sydney. She studied at East Sydney Technical College in 1978 and 1979.

Interested in woodblock printing, Campbell studied in 1980 at the Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo.

She exhibited in London in 2001 (Germaine Greer introduced her at the opening) and 2003. As of 2006, her technique centers on painting her woodblocks in preparation for hand-printing with them. Margaret Preston is described as a strong influence on her. (Wikipedia)

"When Matisse said that the painter of the future would be a decorator such as the world has never known, he was not being a prophet of doom....

....By Bonnard’s standards, Cressida Campbell would be considered an intimist, rather than a decorator – an artist devoted to the data of everyday life, not the grand classical themes. But such a distinction no longer applies to contemporary art: an arena in which the grandest themes are often allied with the blandest execution.

Most artists see print-making as a means of making their work accessible to a wider audience by producing large editions. Not Cressida Campbell: her prints are made in editions of one. She begins with a sheet of plywood on which a design is carefully drawn. “If the drawing is wrong, then everything goes wrong”, she says; so this part of the process absorbs a great deal of time and concentration. Next, she carves out each line with a small engraving tool, and uses small brushes to apply watercolours to the separate segments. After several coats of paint, she freshens up the image with a spray of water and takes a single impression. The end result is one coloured block, and one print – its mirror image.

As a young artist with an old-fashioned dedication to solving problems of composition, Campbell argues that subject matter is secondary – what really matters are “the subtleties of design and pattern”. She admits this leads to a degree of stylisation and a preference for..." Continued at
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