~ Artist Statement--> Leroy Campbell, As a self-taught
artist, I am committed to creating colorful paintings of positive family
images. I paint pictures of family life to help me strive to have the
life of the family in the paintings I create. The families in my paintings
are peaceful, close-knit, harmonious, and spiritual people. They gather
around all types of celebrations. You see the young and the old interacting,
sharing culture, and history. Families in my paintings are rich in love,
affection, and sensitivity.
They are God fearing, strong and determined people. I try to create
the family that I want from my paintings. I have heard that if you want
anything your must claim it. In my case, I paint it. I know that my
work will resonate into the hearts and souls of other people and remind
them of the significance of their own family structure.
I want to make my work significant and real to all who experience
it. Because of this, I choose a mixed media of pastels, charcoal, acrylics,
and fabrics to help bring my paintings to life. The characters in my
paintings are richly melinated, silhouetted figures with elongated necks.
They have no eyes, or noses only mouths. All of these qualities have
become my trademark. This allows the viewer to see his own faces and
possibly the faces of people with whom he (she) loves, touches, or shares
laughter. My torn edges help the viewer to look into the dimension of
the work and feel the warmth and the richness of the family environment.
God has chosen to five me this gift as my purpose in life. When God
blesses you with a gift, he wants you to use it as a guiding light for
yourself as well as for others. My artwork has a universal appeal. Wherever
there are families on the Earth, I trust that my images will resonate
into their hearts and soul, and remind them of the significance of family
togetherness, love and affection that they share with each other.
I was born with an imperfect hand, a birth defect some would say.
I view this as one of God's perfect blessings that add to the uniqueness
of my artwork. I have hands that reach out and touch the sensitivity
of other hands. I am thankful that I have submitted to the focus of
God's hands through my own.
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