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Fragmenting and Rearranging: Art by Bill Campbell

A painting made with collaged elements of other paintingsUnder the waterfall.

Bill Campbell is an abstract artist whose portfolio and practice centers on the process of enlarging, fragmenting and rearranging existing works or images. The artist’s works often take on the form of large-scale collage artworks, though rather than using recognizable images, Bill takes elements of earlier abstractions and effectively remixes them into new works.

A painting made up of a grid of smaller abstract momentsGarden, acrylic on paper


I enjoy the way that Bill’s technique of rearranging forces a new perspective on existing works. By first zooming in on specific elements in the abstract works that he uses, Bill examines the unconscious textures and aesthetics that are produced not by the artist’s hand or intention, but by the nature of the medium itself. Deliberately cropping and rearranging these elements, then, produces an interesting tension between the decisive and the intuitive.

The front page of Bill Campbell's art portfolio


Many of Bill’s works seem to encompass a fairly cohesive colour scheme, as well, with satisfying moments of contrast and almost-recognizable form.

A collaged painting with bright pink colours and detailed patterned elementsPeonies and polka dots.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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