Shirley Aley Campbell
May 17 - July 24, 2011
Shirley Aley Campbell brings her own sense of the provocative with bold figures drawn from life. Her powerful figures and unusual perspective are showcased in this exhibit of 20 recent paintings and drawings.
As a figurative artist, Shirley creates powerful images from somewhat unusual perspectives. Bold and voluptuous, she presents with her subjects as “the way things are”. Not softened or refined, her figures are real in their nudity and in their expression of the human condition, inhabiting the space they are given and imposing their presence upon you. Her subjects are not done in a formal setting, but rather in comfortable, everyday life situations. Filling notebooks with sketches of her subjects, she waits for that inevitable moment of clarity when the person reveals themselves to her.
Born in Cleveland, Shirley has traveled the world, drawing her adventures and the people she meets. She studied in New York at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute and taught for thirteen years at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Evanston Art Center, Kansas City Art Institute, Canton Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, as well as numerous private collections.
Shirley Aley Campbell, Violini de Roma, 2010, acrylic/charcoal/pencil, 62x58