William H. Campbell, Red Green Black Power

William H. Campbell: Red Green Black Power (1971) Acrylic on canvas
Red Green Black Power
Acrylic on canvas
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Gift of William H. Campbell in honor of Michael W. Schantz, 2010
50" x 50"

William H. Campbell was introduced to abstraction by his teacher, the great Philadelphia modernist Earl Horter. By the mid-1940s he had begun to make large, nonobjective canvases -paintings with no recognizable subject matter, just shape, line, and color.

Campbell studied at the La France Art Institute from 1928 to 1930, attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1933 to 1934, and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1937. He has worked as an illustrator, designer, teacher, and art director.

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  • William Campbell was one of the founding members of the Main Point. The legendary coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr that featured many folk, blues and singer songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Muddy Waters and Bonnie Rait, to name only a few. Bill created beautiful hand lettered programs for the club. My father & Bill shared a studio in Center City for 17 years. We became good friends. He was very supportive. Bill was always interested in what younger artists were doing and thinking.

    Bruce Rauffenbart