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About Don Campbell

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into
action. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.”

Martha Graham, Choreographer, TIME magazine’s Dancer of the Century

Don Campbell is an artist specializing in portrait and figurative sculptures. His medium of choice is water-based clay. “A storyteller in clay” is how he describes himself, with each sculpture telling as many stories as there are people who cast their gaze. 

 

Don’s artistic and creative influences include Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, a sculptor who was instrumental in introducing the Baroque period in the 1600s; Otto Scharmer, MIT professor and co-creator of the Theory U process for developing creativity through deep listening; and presencing.

Artist Statement:

“There is paradox in sculpting human forms. From one perspective, they seem motionless, frozen in time, locked in an unfinished gesture or conversation. To me, they are as alive as anything in the universe. An unfinished story is emanating from each sculpture, engaging the observer’s imagination. My art is ripe for the observer’s glance, giving birth to a dance unique to each individual.

Art is a catalyst for expansion, growth, and the realization of our connection to all. Nothing is static. All things are in motion, each expressing itself from its innermost core. I sculpt to communicate, to share, to expand, and to feel connected to the flow and rhythm of nature unfolding. I create out of joy and connection to the vast sea of endless potential, where judgment and fear are relics of the past, discarded in exchange for true freedom.”

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Creativity: It's not what you think

An artist’s journey from mind to heart
to the source of all creativity.

Bio

Don’s first experience in sculpting was in his high school art class. He created two sculptures – an abstract tree in plaster and an abstract form in metal and plexiglass. Don’s passion and talent for sculpting were instantly obvious, but he chose to follow a different path in life. Don didn’t want to be a starving artist and thought graphic design would be the better career move. 20 years would pass before he returned to sculpting.

Don worked as a graphic designer for several companies in his native Toronto. He was eventually lured to the U.S. to assume an art director role and freelanced for several advertising agencies. Don eventually launched his own agency, DJ Campbell Advertising & Marketing, which he has been running for more than 30 years.

Today, Don is sculpting more than ever, developing his own process for finding and expressing creativity through four levels of listening. Inspired by Otto Scharmer’s Theory U, Don’s process allows him to be more present and mindful so he can enter a place where creativity can be born and take shape – literally. Through teaching and speaking engagements in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and New York City, Don is eager to share this process with both artists and non-artists.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ
  • Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ
  • Affordable Art, New York, NY
  • Clay and Colors, River Edge NJ
  • Art at the Straube Center, Pennington, NJ
  • Sands Formed Studio, Huntsville, Ontario
  • Hillsborough Art Academy Annual Show, NJ
  • Morristown Performing Arts Center, NJ
  • Hopewell Tour Des Arts, NJ
  • Princeton ArtJam, NJ
  • New Hope Sculpture Show, Hopewell Nj

Recent Installation

  • Robert Treat Hotel, Newark NJ
  • Art at the Straube Center, Pennington, NJ
  • Hopewell Outdoor Show

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