Tom CAMPBELL -
Currently living in Ireland, Tom Campbell is a Scottish artist originally from Dumfries. Guided by his desire to make art accessible, his paintings, sculptures and performance pieces are created in a spontaneous fashion. The Three Portraits within Gracefield's collection are primarily characterised by a vivid colouring that recalls the heights of German Expressionism. Each portrait also manages to depict singular personalities, despite being linked by both the bold colours and the progression of eyes open to eyes closed. The figures appear in front of indistinct backgrounds, perhaps suggesting the haze of a crowded room. While the busy surface is perhaps overwhelming, the bold outlines and confident composition of these heads insist on the primacy of the portrait aspect.