TOM CAMPBELL: Listening to Silence

October 3 to 31, 2015


AGORA GALLERY is delighted to present Tom Campbell: Listening to Silence, a retrospective of paintings and sculptures by this Stratford-raised artist.  This is the artist’s first exhibition in Stratford in 30 years and includes a range of work, from his early depictions of city dwellers within grid-like urban landscapes to more recent paintings and sculptures of them escaping to cottage country and foreign lands.  The exhibition comprises 30 oil paintings and 13 sculptures, some dating back to the 1990s, all reflecting an intense scrutiny of vision and incredible sense of silence.


Born in England, son of theatre actors Douglas Campbell and Ann Casson, Tom Campbell grew up in Stratford and initially studied stage design in London, England before going on to study painting at Camden Arts Centre, then painting and sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and Design. After working on sets and special effects for theatre and television in England and Denmark, he returned to Canada in 1982 and had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Stratford in 1985. He currently teaches painting at Toronto School of Art and in Ikaria, Greece.

Artist’s Statement

“My paintings depict common occurrences.  Yet it is not their ordinariness that interests me, but the particular specialness of even the most ordinary events.  That surprising grandeur, as a moment, comes and passes.”