Contemporary Art Intervention
June – September 2018
Rachel Campbell, Barn Sketch 2, 2017, oil on panel
Three landscape paintings by Rachel Campbell appear within A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection. Her paintings describe everyday life with vivid colors and lively brushstrokes that strike a memorable balance between lush paint and rendered space. Campbell states, “My paintings are landscapes, even if depicting portraits or objects, they are all a landscape to me.” The three paintings that are integrated into the salon-style gallery of over fifty landscapes from the 1800s depict things that have aspects of the world today—a cul-de-sac, a mobile home—while providing points of comparison with the older paintings with elements such as vivid foliage and familiar horizon lines.
Campbell is originally from New Zealand, and has been living in the USA since 2003. She studied art in both New Zealand and Canada, and has also spent time living and exhibiting in the UK and Germany. Rachel lives in Durham, NC. She exhibits with several galleries, including Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA, and her work is in several private and public collections in over a dozen countries.
The permanent collection of Fruitlands museum focuses on 19th-century history and culture. Campbell’s paintings displayed alongside the Hudson River School paintings are part of an ongoing series of interventions where contemporary art engages with historical objects.