Cressida Campbell

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Cressida Campbell (born 1960) is an Australian artist.

She was born in Sydney in 1960 to Ruth and Ross Campbell, her older sister is actress Nell Campbell. She studied at East Sydney Technical College in 1978 and 1979.

Her husband Peter died in 2011. She lives in the Sydney suburb of Bronte, in her home studio.[citation needed]

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Campbell developed an interest in woodblock printing when she studied in 1980 at the Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo. The unique design of her artworks; by starting off with drawing the design on a sheet of plywood forms the basis of the artwork. "If the drawing is wrong, then everything goes wrong".[this quote needs a citation]

Her success as an artist by the percentage of her work sold proves that she is one of Australia's most successful artists. Her exhibitions are sold out prior to the opening night, further highlighting the popularity of the artwork.[citation needed]

From the very beginning of her career Campbell knew she would never fit into the fashionable circles of the avant-garde. After finishing high school she attended Sydney College of the Arts for only three days before realizing that the abiding emphasis on conceptual art would take her nowhere fast. She went on to study at the National Art School – more modestly known as East Sydney Tech in those days. It was there she hit upon her unique print-making technique, but would shelve the idea for a few years while she exhibited paintings at Clive Evatt's Hogarth Gallery.[citation needed]

She exhibited in London in 2001 (when Germaine Greer introduced her at the opening) and 2003. As of 2006, her technique centers on painting her woodblocks in preparation for hand-printing with them.[1] Margaret Preston is described as a strong influence on her.[2]

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