Campbell Kneale – 22.11.14 – The Artist’s Statement and Works

“22.11.14” represents the first collection of non-abstract images Campbell Kneale has shown publically in over 20 years. Through this series of confronting pictures of killers, politicians, militarized police, and historical landscapes, the painter investigates the connection between mass media and myth creation, technological efficiency, brutality, and the gradual erosion of traditional democracy in favour of the ‘inverted totalitarianism” of The Corporation as described by political philosopher Sheldon Wolin. They are a whisper to re-engage personally, politically, socially and spiritually as resistance to the massification, standardization, and blandification of late-era capitalism.

Each painting is made in a very limited timeframe (never more than 30 minutes) simultaneously denying and affirming “technique”. This approach preserves the spontaneity of each brushstroke, echoing aspects of Chinese ink painting, Claude Monet’s “Water Lillies”, the ecstatic abjection of Georges Batailles most confrontational writings, and the supercharged improvisations of Cy Twombly.

30 Minute Painting (John Tully), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $450

30 Minute Painting (John Tully), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $450

10 Minute Painting (Cameron Slater and John Key), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $350

10 Minute Painting (Cameron Slater and John Key), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $500

10 Minute Painting (John Coltrane), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $350

10 Minute Painting (John Coltrane), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $350

10 Minute Painting (Edward Snowden), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $350

10 Minute Painting (Edward Snowden), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $350

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10 minute painting (Batman), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $350

 

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape 3: Dresden), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $450 SOLD

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape 3: Dresden), acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm, $450 SOLD

30 Minute Painting (Deborah Curtis), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

30 Minute Painting (Deborah Curtis), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

10 Minute Painting (Gaza), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

10 Minute Painting (Gaza), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

10 Minute Painting (New York), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $350

10 Minute Painting (New York), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape II: Western Front), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape II: Western Front), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450 SOLD

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape III: Western Front), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450

30 Minute Painting (Destroyed Landscape 2: Western Front), acrylic on canvas, 1.2m x 90 cm, $450