Ai Campbell is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Osaka, Japan and trained in oil painting at the Kyoto College of Art and Design. Her work has ben exhibited widely in New York and the United States, as well as in Japan and Spain.
Working in ink and acrylic, Campbell creates delicate yet intricate works that celebrate the compelling nature of art’s most basic elements, using the monochromatic colors of black and white to amplify the contrast between positive and negative spaces.
Her works are inspired by organic forms, from the nascent to the moribund. By eliminating the diversity of color, the monochromatic marks enhance contours and shapes, allowing to see more clearly each object's essential components.
Ethereal yet powerful, Campbell's work arrest the gaze and capture the imagination.
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"I’ve been fascinated with detailed monochromatic works since the first time I saw the beautiful landscape drawings by my grandfather, a successful industrial designer. During the war, he spent his spare time drawing the places where he was stationed. The consistent 5 x 7 inch works contained fine details in the vivid contrast of black and white. Because he passed away before I was born, those drawings were my only interactions with him.
The simple yet explosive black and white spaces enhance the contour of shapes, allowing one to see vividly simple yet critical elements. An obsession with this type of imagery has become the central theme of my own work: engaging the most basic elements of life to build or extract the most complex.
I feature the organic shapes and natural forms that I encounter, such as water streams on a faded wall, layered leaves on a tree or my own tangled hair, exploring how their virgin elements can interact. I think the individually lifeless elements start to breath the company of other types.
My work will continue to explore the beauty and power in life’s intricate organic forms and I am excited to see its evolution."