‘Yeah’ is the word on SAM’s wall

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Mel­bourne-based artist Jon Camp­bell has brought a ‘‘pos­i­tive vibe’’ into the Shep­par­ton Art Mu­seum foyer, paint­ing the word ‘yeah’ for its 29th draw­ing wall.

Known for his ir­rev­er­ent hu­mour and his ex­plo­rations with text and de­sign, Mr Camp­bell’s sub­ject mat­ter is eclec­tic, bor­row­ing from Aussie slang, col­lo­qui­alisms and well-worn phrases.

Mr Camp­bell has been work­ing with words and text within his art for the past 20 years and the word ‘yeah’ had been his par­tic­u­lar fo­cus.

‘‘I’ve done flags, ban­ners and paint­ings with the word,’’ he said.

‘‘It came out of ev­ery­day lan­guage; it has a nice con­ver­sa­tional feel about it.’’

One of the big­ger wall paint­ings he has com­pleted, Mr Camp­bell had a clear idea of what he wanted to paint go­ing into the project.

‘‘I was quite planned and or­gan­ised go­ing in,’’ he said.

Com­plet­ing his un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies in the field at RMIT, Mr Camp­bell went on to com­plete post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Vic­to­rian Col­lege of the Arts, where he also worked as a teacher.

Set­tling down in re­cent years for more time in his Coburg stu­dio, Mr Camp­bell was also a fi­nal­ist for this year’s Archibald Prize. ● Jon Camp­bell’s colour­ful draw­ing wall, which was com­pleted on Fri­day, can be viewed at Shep­par­ton Art Mu­seum in the East­bank Cen­tre foyer, Wels­ford St, Shep­par­ton.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Cre­ative work: Jon Camp­bell is the 29th artist to paint the Shep­par­ton Art Mu­seum’s draw­ing wall.

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