Born 1961, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lives and works Footscray, Victoria.
With a focus on text based works, Jon Campbell’s recent work carefully constructs imagery with abstracted and geometric elements. Meaning is created in the negative spaces, hiding words and phrases within the surface image. Campbell implements this methodology to explore the colloquial language and culture of contemporary society, he also engages with the viewer as a critical part of the work itself as they decipher the text.
Campbell’s solo exhibitions include Absolutely Disgusting, Darren Knight Gallery at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne (2016); Art Basel Hong Kong, Discoveries Section, with Darren Knight Gallery, Hong Kong (2015); Ten years of neon, KALIMANRAWLINS, Melbourne (2013); Just Sing What You Feel, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); Stacks on 2010, Melbourne Art Foundation Artist Commission (2010); $23,000,000, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne (2008) yeah yeah yeah, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007); Greatest Hits Vol.1, CSA Gallery, Australian National University School of Art, Canberra (2002).
Group exhibitions include Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The End of Time. The Beginning of Time, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017); I heart rock (rock is the total work of art), Arts Project Australia, Melbourne (2016); Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016); it’s gonna take a lotta love, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, US (2015); Art Tram, Melbourne International Festival, Melbourne; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne (2012)
Campbell’s work is held in a number of Australian collections including Artbank Australia, Sydney; Deakin University, Melbourne; Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria; La Trobe University, Melbourne; The Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; Victoria University, Melbourne.