A Central Saint Martins graduate, former artist-in-residence at the English National Ballet, and briefly a model for Dior, Tomo Campbell is undeniably a talented artist who doesn't strive towards perfection in his art but finds joy in its flaws. This month, his debut show Held On The Tips Of Fingers will be exhibited at Golborne Gallery.
The 28-year-old painter and photographer was born in Twickenham to a family of footballers, though football was never his calling. “As a kid I was always colouring in, you know, more so than most kids do. But I was never aware of it as an option in life. I used to design football kits when it was too miserable to play football.”
On his painting style, Campbell doesn't like to categorise himself as it comes across as “so predetermined”, but he explains that during the process, the brush strokes happen quickly, in a fast manner, and almost instinctively. “My process begins with no plan and with no aim. I just kind of work through, constantly swinging between feelings and emotions, seeing how things progress, sometimes feeling confident and sometimes feeling like it's a disaster. And I think that the balancing point between those two things is actually where the work lies. It's why the show is called Held On The Tips Of Fingers. Like it's quite grasped but not quite dropped, just on that fragile tipping point.”
Campbell takes some time to pinpoint his influences; until it suddenly dawns on him. Like his paintings, his thoughts become ”activated and it all kind of fits in place”.