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