Campbell, Robert (1944-1993)

Also known as
Campbell, Robert (1902-1993)
Campbell Jnr, Robert (1944-1993)
Field of activity
Artist; Seasonal worker; Labourer
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Biographies

Robert Campbell junior (1944–1993), artist, was born on 15 August 1944 at Kempsey, New South Wales, fourth surviving child of New South Wales-born parents Thomas William Campbell and his wife Lottie...

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Ngaku painter and printmaker, Robert Campbell Jr gained national attention in the late 1980s despite having no formal art training. His paintings of the frontier history of racism and colonialism are collected in many state and national institutions.

Robert Campbell Jr (1944-93), Ngaku painter and printmaker was born at Kempsey on the mid north coast of New South Wales and grew up in close contact with the bush and coastline. He first learnt to draw while still at primary school on Burnt Bridge Mission by producing images of birds and animals in pencil on his father’s carved boomerangs. His father would then trace over the young Robert’s design with a red-hot wire, to burn it into the local wood (local wattle and mangrove). As an adult, while toiling at various labouring jobs in Sydney and in seasonal work around Kempsey, Campbell continued to paint for tourists and local art shows, using whatever discarded materials he could lay his hands on.Despite having neither traditional Aboriginal tutoring nor Western art-school training, he worked confidently to invent his own idiosyncratic visual devices and painting style, such as the 'x-ray’ view of the esophagus of his figures. In this respect he differed from the artists of the more urbanised Aboriginal art movements of the late 1970s, which were centred around a population of young Indigenous art students in Sydney. Rather, his patternings resemble designs on the insides of the traditional possum-skin cloaks of south-eastern Australia.Campbell’s subject matter ranged from the brutal history of racism and colonialism in Australia to the mundane existence that constituted life in post-war rural New South Wales. Bright and cartoon-like, his episodic snapshots of contemporary events merge his Aboriginal world view with that of the wider Australian society ...

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  • fl. 1986 - 1993

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • University of Sydney Union, Sydney, NSW
  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth, WA
  • Regional Galleries Association of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • Dobell Foundation, Melbourne, VIC
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, ACT
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Print Council of Australia, Melbourne, VIC
  • Artbank
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW
  • Ngadhu, Ngulili, Ngeaninyagu: A Personal History of Aboriginal Art in the Premier State
  • Plot Thickens: Narratives in Australian Art
  • Sublime: 25 Years of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art
  • A Face In the Crowd
  • Tyerabarrbowaryaou: I Shall Never Become a White Man
  • Flash Pictures by Aboriginal Artists
  • Tagari Lia: My Family
  • A Koori Perspective - Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection
  • L'ete Australien
  • Prints and Australia: Pre Settlement to Present
  • Kempsey Koori Artists
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • (see also) Australia Council, Aboriginal Arts Board grant
  • (see also) Australian Bicentennial Print Portfolio, NGA, Canberra, ACT
  • (see also) Poster Commission
  • (see also) Artist In Residence, Tin Sheds, University of Sydney,
  • (see also) 1998: Wynne Prize
  • (see also) Archibald Prize
  • (see also) Budge, Milton
  • (see also) Budge, Milton

    <p>By marriage</p>

  • (see also) Duroux, Mary
  • (see also) Fernando, David
  • (see also) Button, Raymond Paul
  • (see also) Smith, Sharon Elaine
  • (see also) Campbell, Eileen
  • (see also) Coleing, Anthony John
  • (see also) Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
  • (see also) Kempsey Koori Artists
  • (see also) Map of the massacres of blacks on the Macleay
  • (see also) Please Don't Rape the Forests
  • (see also) Killed in the Line of Duties Led to Gundy's Innocent Killing (Who Me, Why Me?)
  • (see also) Woman Business
  • (see also) Sunset over the Macleay overlooking Euroka
  • (see also) Hunting Food at Uluru
  • (see also) Spearing Roo
  • (see also) Abo History (facts)
  • (see also) Bicentenary
  • (see also) Australian Aboriginal Emblem
  • (see also) Aboriginal Embassy
  • (see also) Roped-Off at the Picturess II

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI) Entries

    Please be aware that some ABI records contain language, words or descriptions which may be considered offensive or distressing. These words reflect the attitude of the period in which the item was written and/or that of its author. Please also be aware that ABI records may contain references to deceased people which may cause sadness or distress.

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  2. Aboriginal Enterprises : negotiating an urban Aboriginality. Aboriginal History
    [Volume 34 (2010), page 191 .]

    Summary: Artist; also mentioned: Lin Onus

    Click link for electronic access to article: http://press.anu.edu.au?p=170581

    Place: Dandenong / Dandenong Ranges (Vic SJ55-05)

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  1. Robert Campbell Jnr : history painter / curator, writer, Djon Mundine OAM, writer, Ian McLean
    Campbell, Robert, 1944-1993
    [ Book : 2015 ]
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    Robert Campbell Jnr : history painter / curator, writer, Djon Mundine OAM, writer, Ian McLean
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  1. Robert Campbell Jnr : history painter / curator, writer, Djon Mundine OAM, writer, Ian McLean
    Campbell, Robert, 1944-1993
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 12 libraries
    Robert Campbell Jnr : history painter / curator, writer, Djon Mundine OAM, writer, Ian McLean
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  2. Black tie or wombat: how formal should I go? [Portrait of Senator Neville Bonner by Robert Campbell Jnr]
    Desmond, Michael
    Portrait (Canberra)
    [ Article : 2008 ]
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  3. [Robert Campbell Junior : Australian Art and Artists file]
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  4. Robert Campbell Jr., Ngaku
    Campbell, Robert, 1944-
    [ Book : 1997 ]
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  5. Prints by seven Australian Aboriginal artists : Robert Campbell Jr., Ellen Jose, Banduk Marika, Sally Morgan, Jimmy Pike, Pooaraar, Bede Tungutalam / prepared by the Print Council of Australia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australi ...
    Campbell, Robert, 1944-
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