Interview: Pete Campbell
Luca Curci talks with Pete Campbell during the 16th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.
Art and painting were something that he has always wanted to do. He’s a self-taught artist and it has been a revelation to him! Once He forgets the stresses of work and finally gets down to his art. When he creates his art (whether it is in oils, acrylics, watercolours or woodwork) he immerses himself totally in something he has found to be extremely rewarding and relaxing. Learning by himself through the expansive power of the internet, he started to copy works by some of the best artists around. From Picasso, Rembrandt, Peter Howson and Scott Naismith among others. He learned their techniques, how they mixed media, their brushstrokes, working from a palette knife, building up layers and how they ultimately constructed their works. Studying this in his own time and actually loving how they produced their works was about as enjoyable as seeing Scotland win their next rugby union international match! He soon found that the best way forward is in doing! You try and you try and then you try again! He believes art cannot be taught as a strict regime – you have to express your feelings and thoughts through your works (that sounds corny – but something he truly believes). His philosophy on art is to please the viewer/client to such an extent they are either raised to such a level of happiness or reduced to tears of happiness/emotion. He believes this is a gift that must not be squandered.
Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Pete Campbell – To get as far away from my day job (which is IT Support) and to push myself to my limits as an artist to make people happy with my art – that is the ultimate goal.
LC – What are you currently working on?
PC – A couple of commissions and my next exhibition – 1) an artwork of a newborn baby boy and 2) an abstract piece of a remote Scottish croft and a new exhibition – music and music gods!
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PC – I love what I do – to make people happy with my art – seeing someone reduced to tears on your finished piece is (I think) one of the best experiences an artist can achieve.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
PC – Yes, definitely – in this day of sh*t happening all over the world – to make someone happy is an art in itself (pardon the pun) and a gift!
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
PC – I try to change my style constantly – learning new styles/new techniques and pushing myself further than before – always with the drive to make people happy with my art. I do not stick with one style (many artists do, and it suits them) but I strive hard to make my art akin to Bruce Lee philosophy – “I am not one style – I am all styles” – a beautiful quote from one of the best masters I have encountered in my life.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
PC – I think it is a good concept especially when ITSLIQUID put these exhibitions on different parts of the world!
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
PC – The message I am trying to convey in my participation is if you have a gift (to make people happy) then do it to your best ability and put your artwork out there!
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
PC – The platform you give/support is a very good idea indeed. To support artists in their endeavours shall only be good for them and to show their works in some of the best cities in the world is amazing!
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
PC – I would definitely think of some kind of collaboration.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PC – Without a doubt – you guys seem professional/ethical and undoubtedly honest – a price worth paying for in this day!