Working within the bounds of a tightly defined, yet painterly and expressive visual style, Brian Scott Campbell's paintings radiate a profound stillness with their flat planes, rudimentary lines, simple shapes, and thickly outlined objects. Seaside landscapes, country homes, and other bucolic scenes are simplified geometrically, and rendered in a muted palette of predominantly blue and gray hues. Campbell's scenes are notably absent of people, yet the imagery is intended to reflect the idea of memory itself through a collection of real and fictional experiences. His use of flashe, a vinyl based paint that dries in particularly thin layers, captures traces of Campbell's hand, preserving a complicated mesh of variable brushstrokes. Hints of bare canvas appear through thin washes, emphasizing the paintings’ material nature and placing a categorical distance between the viewer and the work as an aesthetic object. His paintings evoke Outsider art, as well as reference the grainy, roughly drawn work of Jean Dubuffet.
Brian Scott Campbell (b. 1983, Columbus, OH) received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, OH and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ. His solo exhibitions include: Marfa Projects, Texas; Galerie SPZ, Prague, Czech Republic; Arts & Leisure, New York; Stene Projects, Stockholm; Harbinger Project Space, Reykjavík, Iceland; Left Field Gallery, Los Angeles; Dutton, New York. He participated in group exhibitions at Fredericks & Freiser, New York; Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Anna Zorina, New York; Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles; David Shelton Gallery, Houston; Ruttkowski; 68, Munich; NADA New York and Untitled Miami Beach Art Fair, among others. Campbell's awards and residencies include the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency with artist Dana Schutz; The Macedonian Institute; a McColl Center for Visual Art Full Fellowship; a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship; the Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum, New York. His work has been reviewed in Modern Painters/Blouin ArtInfo; Whitehot Magazine; Los Angeles Times; Contemporary Art Review LA, The Huffington Post; Hyperallergic; Two Coats of Paint; It’s Nice That (London); and i-D Magazine/Vice, amongst others. Campbell lives and works between Denton, Texas and Reykjavík, Iceland, and is an assistant professor in drawing and painting at The College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.