A unique part of Gallery of Modern Masters’ collection is oil on exotic wood or stone done by Mark Campbell. Originally from Virginia, Campbell uses exotic wood or stone as his canvas. He sketches live models and then paints them in oil onto stone or wood, combining the aesthetic beauty of the model with the natural attributes of the stone or wood. Campbell attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, receiving a master’s degree in Fine Arts in 1997. He has a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship and genius of painting masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali’ and Jan Vermeer. He is also an accomplished artist in other mediums. “I create surrealist explorations, impressionist landscapes, realistic portraiture and many other subjects all in a variety of mediums.” Campbell is widely collected and in November 2006, he completed the first three of 25 commissioned pieces for a well-known record producer. The first piece completed is of recording diva, Aretha Franklin. In addition, newly completed is commissioned art of music legends Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. He is beginning to work on additional commissions of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Carlos Santana and more soon to be announced.
For the last twelve years he has also taught art for a non-profit group whose mission remains to connect communities with isolated frail elders. His students have exhibited in venues such as San Francisco’s de Young Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “Most of my work evolves from a love and sense of awe of the human form,” said Campbell. “It is a discovery process that unfolds before me just as I hope it does for the viewer.”