Robert Campbell

(19441993 ) - Artworks
CAMPBELL Robert Ash Wednesday

Menzies Art Brands /Mar 19, 2008
15,931.68 - 22,304.36
12,725.35

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Robert Campbell - Awakening The Rainbow Serpent

Robert Campbell - Awakening The Rainbow Serpent

Original 1989
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Lot number: 57
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Robert Campbell (Jr.) (1944-1993) Awakening the Rainbow Serpent 1989 signed, dated and inscribed 'ROBERT CAMPBELL JR / 1-11-89 / NGAKU' lower right synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122.0 x 198.0cm (48 1/16 x 77 15/16in). PROVENANCE Roslyn Oxley9 Galery, Sydney The Reg Grundy AC OBE and Joy Chambers-Grundy Collection, acquired in 1989 EXHIBITED Robert Campbell Jr., Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 5-22 April 1989 (label attached verso) Robert Campbell Jr's form of social realist painting covers a multitude of subject matter: from episodes in the Aboriginal history of Australia in paintings such as Barred from the baths , 1986, and Roped off at the picture show, II , 1987; to portraits of Australian heroes, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, such as Charles Perkins, Senator Neville Bonner, Prime Minister Bob Hawke and racing identity Bart Cummings; and to topical events that engaged the Australian population at large such as Haley's Comet , 1986, and Winning the Americas Cup , 1987. In these works, Campbell displays an empathy towards his subjects, particularly when they represent the underdog. Campbell's Aboriginal upbringing with its respect for the land is seen in the many landscape paintings of his people's country around Kempsey and the Macleay River delta on the central coast of New South Wales. However his attitude takes a more strident turn in paintings that deal with environmental issues where the land is threatened, as in Please don't rape the forests , 1990, and Awakening the Rainbow Serpent , 1989. Awakening the Rainbow Serpent relates to the controversy over uranium mining and the destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites in the Northern Territory in the 1980s. The title of the painting makes reference to spiritual Aboriginal beliefs and the ancestral Rainbow Serpent who created the land with its freshwater rivers, streams and waterholes, mountains, forests and plains. At the end of this creation period, the Serpent's blood entered the earth, symbolising the spiritual powers of the ancestor within the land that are drawn upon in ceremony by successive generations. Any desecration of the earth angers the Rainbow Serpent who seeks revenge in the form of natural disasters and human sickness. The phrase 'awakening the Rainbow Serpent' was commonly used to draw attention to the potential consequences of mining the land. In the painting, Campbell makes reference to conventional compositions that depict Rainbow Serpents surrounding their prey in a metaphor for transition and change. Here a large multi-coloured Rainbow Serpent encircles a map of Australia, surveyors at work, a truck loaded with uranium, a container ship of yellow cake, a nuclear plant and a warplane that drops a nuclear bomb and the mushroom cloud of the explosion. These images frame a globe of the earth where people of many skin colours link hands in protest. The entire cataclysmic scene is personalised by the depiciton of the artist's totems around the edges of the canvas. Wally Caruana
Robert Campbell - Springtime Cumberland

Robert Campbell - Springtime Cumberland

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Lot number: 275
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Lot 275 Robert Campbell Springtime Cumberland, Oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm $2,000-3,000 Signed lower right; Robert Campbell Click here for condition report Excellent condition overall. No evidence of repairs. Good colour, all paint stable. Relative size
Robert Campbell - Seine And Isle De La Cit�

Robert Campbell - Seine And Isle De La Cit�

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Lot number: 987
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Lot number: 987 Seine and Isle de la Cit� c. 1930 Oil on Canvas CAMPBELL, Robert Signed Robert R Campbell 45 x 53 cm Provenance Queensland Art Gallery de-acquisition Sold Deutscher Menzies, 22 February 2006, lot 29. Exhibited �The Long Weekend: Australian Artists in France 1918�1939�, Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, 2008. $4,000-6,000
Robert Campbell - Ash Wednesday

Robert Campbell - Ash Wednesday

Original 1989
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Lot number: 253
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Lot 253 ROBERT CAMPBELL JUNIOR (1944 - 1993) Ash Wednesday 1989 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 123.0 x 236.0 cm signed lower right: ROBERT CAMPBELL JNR/ 20.1.89/ NGAKU Provenance: Lauraine Diggins Fine Art (label attached verso) Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (label attached verso) Private company collection, Sydney Exhibited:A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Lauraine Diggins Gallery, Melbourne, 18 September - 1 October 1989; Westpac Gallery Melbourne, 4 October - 22 October 1989, cat.130 Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000
Robert Campbell - Painted Toolbox

Robert Campbell - Painted Toolbox

Original 1982
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Lot number: 257
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ROBERT CAMPBELL JUNIOR (1944 - 1993) Painted Toolbox circa 1982 synthetic polymer paint on board 18.0 x 47.0 x 26.0 cm Provenance: The artist personally gifted this item to the vendor's late husband, who was teaching bricklaying at Ngaku, near Burnt Bridge Aboriginal Mission, Kempsey in the early to mid 1980's. Private Collection, NSW
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