Working in sculpture, oil paint, and pastel on paper, Campbell depicts human actions within grid-like urban landscapes. Campbell began his artistic studies in England at the Camden Art Centre, London. Campbell received a B.A. in painting, sculpture and etching at the Camberwell School of Art in London. After working on sets, and special effects for theatre and television in England and Denmark, he returned to Canada in 1982.
Campbell has been exhibiting his paintings and sculptures since 1975, and has been represented by the Bau-Xi Gallery since 1985. His works are in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, Italy, Denmark and England.
Born in Westminster, London, England to theatre actors Douglas Campbell and Ann Casson, Campbell is third of four children, and Grandchild of Sir Lewis Casson (Wales) and Dame Sybil Thorndyke (Rochester, Kent).
Tom was instrumental in the rebirth of the Toronto School of Art and serves on the new Toronto School of Art Board of Governors and Steering Committee.
My paintings depict common occurrences. Yet it is not their ordinariness that interests me, but the particular specialness of even the most ordinary events. That surprising grandeur as a moment comes and passes.
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"I prefer in artwork that I see evidences of the artist’s working process, the sensuous delight in making things. Then through identification with the forms and tones of materials I can grasp the conceptual elements of mind most powerfully." Tom Campbell