Motivated by the lack of gender equity in the creative world, and homage to the artists who inspire her, Rebecca Campbell began her You Are Here project in Fall 2015.
"I am watching women disappear. I want to have a say in the course of history so I am using what I do in a very literal way. I'm painting the portraits of every woman artist I know. I'm painting them so they will not disappear. I'm not interested in making photographic documents; I don't sort people out by what they make; I just choose people who are serious, diligent, hardworking, and good at what they do." - Rebecca Campbell
A portion of the proceeds from each painting sale go toward the You Are Here Art Scholarship for Women.
Campbell makes each painting with the same dimensions (30 x 22 1⁄2 in.) using paper that she primes with a custom pink acrylic paint. She then employs a limited palette of black, white, and gray to build the portrait. Although she approaches each work with identical parameters, Campbell imbues each portrait with a unique sense of identity, capturing their likeness with bold and gestural brushstrokes. Each sitter meets the gaze of the viewer, with her strengths and vulnerabilities candidly conveyed. Beyond subject matter, these works are a celebration of painting itself, and the quality of imagery that can only be brought forth with paint and brush. As Campbell states, “I believe deeply in process being content.”
The first 19 paintings were exhibited at L.A. Louver January 13-February 13, 2016. Paintings are continuously under construction. Check back for updates. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org .