by Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 25 November 2008

Clowns lie flattened on their backs or slumped over on park benches in Shane Campbell’s oil paintings. Parades seem more like funeral processions, passersby whisper hateful lies, and cops keep a menacing watch. The muted and drab colors and the crude, wash-like brushwork heighten the sense of doom and gloom in Campbell’s pieces, conveying a sense of despondence, hopelessness, and humiliation. Powerful stuff.

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