Syllavethy Gallery

Anthony Campbell

Anthony Campbell graduated from on of Scotland's leading art colleges, Duncan of Jordanstone College, in the early 60's, specializing in painting and drawing. After a comprehensive four year course, the artist spent many years sharing his skills and natural creative ability with adults and children in Scottish schools and colleges.

During his teaching days, his own painting output went into decline, as an enormous amount of energy is absorbed in proper teaching. Having taken early retirement, he has returned to painting and is currently exhibiting in a number of galleries throughout Scotland.

Tony is an outdoors person, fond of bicycling, skiing and sea canoeing, so it is not surprising then that painting landscape subjects is his main interest, particularly the juxtaposition of sea and land, where the elements can be experienced to their greatest extent.

The artist paints in both oils and watecolour, with the majority of his work being in watercolour. Because he paints mainly out of doors, his equipment has to be portable and he therefore limits his materials to those which can be packed into a small rucksack, bicycle pannier of the hatch of a sea kayak. Working in all weathers, he has experienced washes icing over on the paper, brushes freezing, and rainwater streaming off the palette and canvas. He prefers to complete a painting in one sitting, working entirely by direct observation, to preserve freshness as well as the spontaneity of the medium.