About

I am inspired by the landscape of the North East where I live. Most of my work is based on an ancient mining landscape called Cockfield Fell where I walk nearly every day. I use elements of what I see and combine these with my imagination to create my paintings. I am fascinated by the Fell's strange, other-worldly, abstract shapes defined by the morning shadows and framed by big dramatic skies. Its pools, pathways, mounds, dips and curves are my motifs. I decide which shapes and colours to play with, then draw and apply layers of paint until I find balance and a painterly world emerges which celebrates this landscape.

In 2014 I graduated from the University of Sunderland with a first class degree in fine art. Since then I have regularly exhibited in the UK and in 2015 was selected for the International Contemporary Biennale held in Versilia and I have also exhibited in Florence. In 2015 I reached the final shortlists both for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and  the National Open Art Exhibition. In 2016 I was selected as one of the North East's emerging artists and featured in the annual art journal Lungs. In 2017 I was elected as an exhibiting member of the prestigious Leeds Fine Artists group and was shortlisted for The New Light Art Prize. 

 

Representation

I am represented by:  

Competitions

2017
  • Nov/Feb - The New Light Art Prize, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
  • Jun/Aug - KH Summer Exhibition, Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, North Yorks
  • May/June - RBSA Prize Exhibition, Birmingham
2016
  • Sept - Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral
  • May - RBSA Prize Exhibition, awarded Highly Commended
2015
  • Nov - selected for NOA finalists' exhibition, HIVE Expo
  • Oct - Platform Open Art exhibition, Harrogate
  • Sept - Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral
  • Sept - Final shortlist NOA
  • July - International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Versilia, awaded Menzioni d'honore
  • May - Final shortlist Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
 

Press

"Jill Campbell creates bewitching and responsive paintings that articulate aspects of the North Pennines, where she lives. One can at once see an intention to distance from reality and to ground the works within a definite landscape, as exemplified by the titles of her recent paintings. These works are not entirely abstract, drawing us into contemplation of individual areas of the canvases – celebrations of the natural world and the possibilities of a painterly world simultaneously." Yorkshire Art Journal, 9 August 2014