Interview: Annette G. Campbell
Luca Curci talks with Annette G. Campbell during the 17th edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice.
Annette G. Campbell (artist name Fleurdelis) grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Hawaii, USA, with her Bachelor in University Studies with emphasis on social work and art. At an early age, she developed a love for the arts. She enjoys working in mediums such as charcoal, pencil, ink, silverpoint, oils, and watercolor. Annette is a religious artist who enjoys telling stories of the scriptures. Her artwork has been exhibited in the U.S.A. and Europe; (Utah – Salt Lake City, Bountiful, and Ogden), in Hawaii. in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice. She completed an intensive classical art program in Florence, Italy. This artistic formation included figure drawing, portraits, still life, using various mediums. While in Florence, she visited museums in the heart of Florence, including The Uffizi Gallery, The Gallery of the Academy, The Bargello Sculpture Museum, and The Gallery of Modern Art (19th-century paintings) at The Pitti Palace. These visits assisted her education on artistic masters from the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Da Vinci, and Caravaggio. Annette is a member of the Portraits Society of America.
Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Annette G. Campbell – The inspiration and joy I have for art.
LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
AGC – Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Claude Monet
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
AGC – Yes, especially when they share their thought, that my artwork is inspiring and educational.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
AGC – My artwork is more thought out and expressive. Even my paint palettes that I use in my artwork has a wider range of colors now.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AGC – Religious art is what I currently enjoy creating and is a subject that motivates me to paint
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AGC – It’s a opportunity to showcase the artist artwork internationally. Theme The relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities etc… the theme has creative characteristics about it, however it could be simplified.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
AGC – The title of the art presented is “Come and Partake”. In the painting there is a container with water and another item with food. We need both food and water to sustain the body, but in this artwork it’s depicting spiritual food. The living water & bread that Christ provides for us. The connection of the artwork and space, concludes that their is something more than what the eye perceives.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AGC – The service gives artist opportunities to showcase their artwork. Yes, it would be nice to do a collaboration.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AGC – As mentioned previously, with another suggestion of having someone on your team that does sales marketing; for the artwork displayed at the art fair. The person in sales marketing can help sell the artwork for the artists. Another opportunity or service that your company could do is work with galleries that after the art fair artwork that doesn’t sell you could have the art displayed at a gallery in Rome, Venice or London for a much longer term. This would give the artist more recognition and more opportunity to show and sell their artwork.