Thomas Campbell


Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker.  He is perhaps best known, as one of the Beautiful Losers, the bicoastal movement of street-smart artists including Barry McGee, Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Spike Jonze and Mike Mills who take their cues from underground culture — skateboarding, graffiti, music. He splits his time between his painting/sculpture/stuff making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films. Campbell's artworks combine scribbles and scriptures, taking slogans and anecdotes from his unique vocabulary and juxtaposing them with a profound look at human nature. His movement-oriented paintings are as layered with meaning as they are with paint. The works, typically composed of several panels, are free-flowing with wide expressionist swipes of color, bold graphics and intricate renderings of characters and text. His photographs mimic the intensity of the paintings, yet in a more abstract fashion. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. In 1999, he completed his first feature length surfing film, "The Seedling," and in 2004 released his second, "Sprout," and completed his third, "The Present," in 2009. Campbell is also creative director for a small, independent record label, Galaxia, based in Santa Cruz,CA, which has released records by contemporary artists Tommy Guerrero, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Peggy Honeywell and The Mattson 2.