Robert Campbell Jnr was primarily a self-taught painter who emerged during the 1980s as an extremely important Indigenous artist. Campbell’s striking, dynamic paintings are based on the patterning, colours and stylistic conventions of traditional Ngaku designs. They tell the story of his Ngaku people, entwined with the politics surrounding Aboriginal rights at that time.
Robert Campbell Jnr Cry of Asia, 1989; acrylic on canvas; 223 x 283.5 cm
Born Kempsey, New South Wales, 1944 - 1992 Educated -Burnt Bridge Aboriginal Mission Self taught artist, Aboriginal Tribe - "Ngaku"
Participated in the Second Regional Consultation on Peoples Culture, incorporating The Asian Cultural Forum on Development; Held in Manila
Robert Campbell Jnr: History Painter, Artbank, Sydney
Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Selected Works from the Estate
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
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Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
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20/20: Shared Visions, Artbank, Sydney
Snap! Crocodile Culture, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Queensland
Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, curated by Hetti Perkins, Ken Watson and Jonathan Jones,
ANU Art Collection: Acquisitions from the past ten years, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
Plot Thickens: Narratives in Australian Art, A Heide Museum of Modern Art Travelling Art Exhibition, Melbourne
Sublime:25 Years of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
The First Twenty Years, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
A Face in the Crowd, National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House
Flash Pictures by Aboriginal Artists Australian National Gallery, Canberra Green Art: Contemporary Australian Images of the Bush - selected by Robyn Williams, S.H.Ervin Museum and Art Gallery, Sydney Archibald, Wynn, Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
A Koori Perspective - Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, touring: Carpenter Centre for the Visual Arts, Harvard University: James Ford Bell Museum, University of Minnesota & Lakewood Centre for the Arts, Lake Oswego, USA Wynn Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney City of Lake Macquarie - Charlstown Square, Invitation Art Prize, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, Newcastle The Complex Picture, The College Gallery, South Australian School of Art, Adelaide Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Australia 1990, The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Prints and Australia: Pre Settlement to Present, Australian National Gallery, Canberra A Myriad of Dreaming, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne Australian Aboriginal Artists (Robert Campbell Jnr, Fiona Foley and Banduk Marika), Drew Gallery, Canterbury, then at Lamont Gallery, London
Other Landscapes, United Artists Gallery, Melbourne Stories of Australian Art, Commonwealth Institute, London Kempsey Koori Artists, Boomali Artist Co-operative, Sydney The Self Portrait, David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney Archibald, Wynn, Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales Recent Aboriginal Painting, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide A Changing Relationship: Aboriginal Themes in Australian Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney Australian Bicentennial Print Portfolio, Australian National Gallery, Canberra The Cocktail Party, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Aboriginal/Australian views in print and poster, Print Council Gallery,Melbourne and tour of Australian regional galleries Lismore Regional Gallery
Artist in Residence, Tin Sheds, University of Sydney Australian Bicentennial Authority, Poster Commission
Australian Bicentennial Print Portfolio, Australian National Gallery, Canberra Australia Council/Aboriginal Arts Board Grant Front Cover, Art & Australia, Spring Issue 1988
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of Western Australia Artbank Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra Dobell Foundation Flinders University Print Council of Australia Regional Galleries Association of Queensland Private collections in Australia, U.S.A. and Britain
Nici Cumpston, 'Carrying Culture', Articulate Magazine, Art Gallery of South Australia, Spring 2016, pp.12-13
John Mcdonald, “The ties that bind”, Sydney Morning Herald, April 18-19 2015, pp 16-17
Carrie Kibbler, Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia exh. catalogue, Artbank, 2012.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection Development Fund catalogue, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation.
Nanette Mantle, Horse and Rider in Australian Legend, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing Ltd., 2004,Plate XXIV
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