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These feel like transitional paintings in which Campbell is reaching back to rediscover the essence of his interests, but not quite achieving them. Far more successful are the works that pursue one of his late motifs, the Paisley pattern. On the occasion of Campbell's Soup, the Glasgow exhibition curated by Neil Mulholland that celebrated Campbell's influence on subsequent generations, Campbell made a wonderful painting in tribute to two key figures in Scottish art, Alasdair Gray and John Byrne. The Paisley pattern has spilled from that Nike Roshe Womens Custom work to these new paintings, invading it like a virus spilling from the painted figures, coating the furniture and the carpets in a sinister shifting mass. There are dozens of other recurring Campbell motifs: the chair, which, as in the work of Van Gogh might often be a stand in for the artist himself. There are skulls and skeletons, furniture made from bones, a notable interest in footwear. A series of works feature men who seem made from trees and trees which might equally be men. Above all, these paintings speak of a relentlessly shifting landscape of curiosity and inventiveness that seems with the benefit of hindsight to have been far more consistent i.
His contours have become a series of ledges in which birds of prey, and a solitary kingfisher, have made their nests. The background is a purple tinged mountain, perhaps the southern landscape that so obsessed Cezanne. Birds weave their way through much of these works, carrying off dismembered corpses, tugging at the paintings' protagonists. There are familiar heroes and villains. Campbell has revived one of his favourites, the murderer Violette Nozire, a French poisoner who featured in his legendary performance Poised Murder. We see Nozire first as painted by Campbell back in the Eighties, in what might be prison garb of brown and black. Nozire led a double life as dutiful daughter and young prostitute. In a series of new paintings her story Nike Roshe Run Black Sail
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