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Friday, July 11, 2014

Hazel Campbell @ Designs Gallery

From Designs Gallery

Summer is here with a brilliantly colourful exhibition of new work by Dumfries & Galloway artist, Hazel Campbell at Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas.
Hazel is well known for the bright colours she uses in her natural landscape and still life paintings. As Hazel says, she can’t resist finding a reason to use oranges and pinks as a starting point to her work.
This exhibition is no exception, but for those who favour more subtle tones her wintry landscapes with their warm, rich browns and sepia hints against inky sketches, create a different mood.
Blue Flowers with Spotted Jug mixed media” – Hazel Campbell
In a new departure, Hazel has spent the last year experimenting with collage and mixed media. What started as a happy accident, the laying of a small linocut on a discarded painting while tidying up her studio, has led to the development of a whole new body of artwork.  Black and white lino prints of trees against block coloured landscapes are reminiscent of the fairytale cut paper scenes created by artist Sue Blackwood.
Hazel still paints with watercolour and gouache but says the freedom experimentation brings is having a very positive effect on her work.
As she says, “I have discovered the beauty of the Fleet Valley and have done much preparatory work there. The blocks of forestry planting and tracing of dykes lend themselves to lino printing. Weather permitting, I like to sketch and paint in the open, the boot of the car will never look the same again!”  
Hazel attended classes with Archie Sutter Watt RSW for thirty years and paints and runs summer schools from her farm studio in Galloway.

Exhibition runs from 12th July – 30th August at Designs Gallery – opening times Mon-Sat 9.30-5pm.

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