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Three Men of Exactly the Same Size in an Unequal Room

Campbell, Steven (1953-2007), 1987, Painting, Oil on Canvas, 249 x 277

Born in Glasgow, Campbell left school at sixteen and worked as a steelworks engineer before studying as a mature student at the Glasgow School of Art from 1978-82.   In 1982 Campbell won a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled him to go to New York.  He held two exhibitions there in 1983.  His work was very well received on the New York scene and his career took off.  His paintings appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. His reputation was established in America, but he was not so well known when he returned to Glasgow in 1986.  However, after several exhibitions in Glasgow he was acclaimed as ‘one of the major figurative masters of our time’, who had ‘helped to put Scottish art in an international context’. (Sandy Moffat, obituary in the<em> Guardian </em>newspaper, 3rd September, 2007).  Campbell’s paintings were made on a large scale; they are complex and often contain strange beasts and distorted figures in a space with changing perspective. <em>Three Men of Exactly the Same Size in an Unequal Room </em>was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 1989.