Robert Campbell Junior (Dec)

Robert Campbell Junior (born 1944 – died 1993). An accomplished Ngaku and Dunghutti artist from Kempsey who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his bold, colourful paintings. A self-taught artist, Campbell painted stories from his childhood growing up at Burnt Bridge Aboriginal Mission, as well as the brutal history of colonialism and Aboriginal rights.

His artworks are often decorated with vivid patterns inspired by traditional designs found on possum-skin cloaks and Aboriginal shields from New South Wales. During his career, Campbell was featured in dozens of group and solo exhibitions in high profile galleries across Australia and overseas.

Campbell’s artwork is held in major public collections across the country (including in the National Gallery of Australia) and in private collections nationally and internationally. The artworks in this exhibition come from Campbell’s Private Family Collection.