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Pooja Campbell

Pooja Campbell

Artist Work

Portrait in Pink
2014
Oil on Gallery wrapped canvas
10.5x9
Lotus # 1
2017
Oil on Canvas
Lotus Pads
2017
Oil on Canvas
We Are Not So Different, You and I
2017
Oil on Canvas
Diptych
2017
Oil on Canvas
Lotus on Paper 3
2018
Oil on Paper
22"x30"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I love painting organic shapes that are heavy with symbolism. For sometime now, its been the figure and the lotus- and frequently I combine the two. The lotus is symbolic of the human potential to rise above circumstances, whereas the human body is the ultimate vehicle to transcend experience. I like to compare my paintings to taking a stroll through a garden. Typically, gardens are filled with colors and vibrancy. On the one hand its an assault on your senses and yet, you seek it out for solitude and to clear your mind. Likewise, my figures painted in oranges, blues, marigold yellows and purple are similar to the flowers you might see in a garden. Here the paintings become the garden, and the figures become a natural part of this environment. Although you are confronted with a riot of colors there is a solitude there that beckons the viewer and encourages contemplativeness. I like the duality of the two.

Artist Bio

EXHIBITIONS

- 2019 Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD 

2018 St. Josephs College, Brooklyn NY

- 2018 Solo Show- Artists & Makers 2, Rockville, MD       

- 2017 BWI Airport (Curated by First Lady of MD - Yumi Hogan)

- 2017 City of Alexandria Finalist for Community Supported Art Program

- 2016 Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, PA (8th Annual Figurative Competition)

- 2016 The Gallery, Flushing NY Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art)

- 2016 Kapoor Galleries, NYC

- 2016 Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

- 2016 Highland Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD

- 2011 Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD

- 2011 Jaaga Gallery, Bangalore, India

- 2008 Ico Gallery, New York, NY

- 2008 MOCA gallery, Washington, D.C

- 2008 Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

- 2007 Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

- 2007 MOCA gallery, Washington, D.C

- 1999 Cabot Gallery, Beverly, M.A

- 1995 Centennial College, Toronto, Canada

ARTICLES/PUBLICATIONS/MURALS

- 2018 Escape into Life, Artist Watch (March 2018)

- 2018 Mural (Artists & Makers Studio Complex, Rockville, MD)

- 2009 Best of America Oil Artists: Vol 2

WORKSHOPS

- 2004 Figurative painting: Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA

-1998 Sabbatical in India to study Indian Art and Painting, Bangalore, India

EDUCATION

- Cape Technikon: Textile designing, Cape town, South Africa 2001

- Montserrat College of Art: BFA, Beverly, MA. 1999

- Centennial College: Visual Art Certificate, Toronto, Canada 1995

- Chitrakala Parishath: Diploma, Bangalore, India 1994