Cressida Campbell

Campbell was born in 1960 in Sydney. She has won numerous awards, including the ACTA Australian Maritime Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award and the AGNSW Trustees Watercolour Prize.

Cressida Campbell is a gifted artist who distills the essence of her familiar subjects in watercolour, painted woodblocks and woodblock prints. Conscious of the legacy of Margaret Preston, Campbell portrays beauty in everyday scenes such as domestic still-life, industrial maritime scenes and rooftops overlooking Sydney Harbour. Campbell was born in 1960 in Sydney. She studied at East Sydney Technical College and having developed an interest in woodblock printing spent a year at the Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Her works show graphic elements reminiscent of Japanese prints. Her technique is painstaking: first resolving her designs then carving them in plywood, Campbell paints segments of the woodblock in layers of watercolour paint, making as few as a single print from each design. She exhibited in London in 2001 and again in 2003. She has won numerous awards, including the ACTA Australian Maritime Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award and the AGNSW Trustees Watercolour Prize. Campbell is represented in National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, State Library of NSW and many regional galleries, and private collections in the UK, USA, Australia and Monaco.