Born in Louisiana, Scott Campbell began his career as an illustrator before eventually moving to New York City, where he opened the renowned Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2005. Campbell is known around the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. His living designs can be seen on Marc Jacobs, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Nan Goldin, Elizabeth Peyton, Carter Foster, and Richard Prince—among many others.
In recent years, Campbell has gained acclaim in the fine arts community for his work in mediums other than skin. Emerging from a legendary early 2000s group of New York of artists (including Nate Lowman, Dan Colen, and Dash Snow), Campbell’s art is characteristic for taking blue-collar grit and extracting a visual language that is both refined and deliberate. Campbell is at the forefront of young artists emphasizing on craft, narrative, and technique in contemporary art. His works include intricately carved sculptures made out of American currency, a series of watercolor paintings based on his experiences during a six-week stay in a maximum security prison in Mexico City, and graphite drawings done on the insides of ostrich eggshells.
Campbell exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. Past solo shows include: “Things Get Better” and “Noblesse Oblige” at OHWOW Gallery (Los Angeles, 2013 and 2011), “Paved with Good Intentions” at Gallery Reis (Singapore, 2012), “Bless This Mess” at Galerie Gmurzynska in Switzerland (2012), “Scott Campbell” at Galerie d’Art Delphine Pastor (Monaco, 2010), “If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long” at OHWOW Gallery (New York, 2010), “Always Almost There” at Lazarides Gallery (London, 2009), “Make it Rain” at OHWOW Gallery (Miami, 2009), and “Bury the Hatchet” at Massimo Carasi Gallery (Milan, 2008).
Artist’s website: scottcampbellstudio.com