TEXT: KALYNN CAMPBELL
"Step up folks and play the game of life. That's right, throw the dice
to a toss of bad fate; spin the wheel to a moment of wavering truth; pitch
the dart to a board of ironic uncertainty." Or so the barker would
spew forth when luring the innocent into the tent filled with works by Kalynn
Campbell, the father of the Fine Art Game board. More than just colorful
imagery and fanciful phrases, his pieces have been called post pop American
hieroglyphics, relating the pitfalls and fallacies of everyday life. But
don't think these games are mere harsh reflections of the darker side, as
all have a biting humor that leaves the viewer with a grin instead of a
groan. We've all been there, pawns, moving our human pieces along a board
of play, vaguely aware the next move could send us past "go" without
our pocket of desired gain. And that's just the feeling Campbell conveys
in his unique paintings, all the while pointing out, "it's still only
a game." So turn the hour glass over, roll the bones and move the shoe......it's
Kalynn Campbell was born outside Jupiter Florida back when Kennedy was playing
President. He grew up loving game board design, from the big glow-in-the-dark
eye of KA-BALA to the exaggerated head popping of the ROCK'EM SOCK'EM ROBOTS.
His other influences, which show in the nuance of his work, include Big
Daddy Ed Roth (and his Robert Williams t-shirt designs), Hot Rod cars, late
night monster movies and 40's/50's package design.
His paintings have many admirers turned collectors, from Actor Nicolas Cage
to Rock n' Roller Eric Burden. He has shown in galleries all over the country,
has been included in several museum shows (including the pivotal KUSTOM
KULTURE exhibition) and has had a piece or two make their way onto the pages
of literary America (Mickey Hart's PLANET DRUM and the current "TABOO:
THE ART OF THE TIKI" to name two).
When not painting, drawing or watching old B&W horror movies, he can
be found tending to his Tiki bar and working on his vintage 280z sports
car. Oh yeah, his old girlfriends will be happy to know he no longer plays
games, only creates them.
artist Kalynn Campbell was forever changed after he was given a stack of
underground comics when he was young. He is now quite famous in the rarefied
world of these underground ‘zines. After attending the San Francisco
Academy of Art, Campbell moved to LA in ‘89 and settled into his task
of painting and drawing. Since then, he’s worked on hundreds of illustration
projects for everyone from Tom Petty to GQ. His ‘50s influenced, comic-inspired
drawings feature political statements, good old satirical humor and expertly
done illustrations. They have been exhibited up and down the West Coast
and are part of the personal collection of actor Nicholas Cage. His most
recent illustration project was Epitaph Records’ website. A La Luz
de Jesus favorite, Campbell guarantees to attract a fund, art-savvy crowd.
– Blair Mastbaum
(From The City of Los Angeles "DIGITAL CITY" website.)
Moving from the enchanted tropical beaches of Jupiter, Florida, in 1981,
KALYNN CAMPBELL now spends most of his time at his Silverlake Studio where
he blends art and game to create his Lowbrow game-art paintings and prints.
Articles about his unique paintings can be found in publications from Juxtapoz
art magazine to the shadowy "men’s only" CLUB INTERNATIONAL
and GALLERY magazines. Collectors include such notables as Nicolas Cage,
Eric Burden, Mickey Hart & Harry Shearer. Long known for his unique
style of illustration, his work has appeared far and wide, from TOM PETTY
CD art to HOT ROD MAGAZINE.
Hailing from the enchanted tropical beaches of Jupiter,
Florida, KALYNN CAMPBELL was surrounded by tiki patios and Martin Denny
listeners from day one. The passion for fax Polynesia rubbed off on the
artist who now mixes Mai Tie's at his Los Angeles home's Tiki Bar and covets
his collection of tiki memorabilia with great pride. He spends most of his
time in his Silverlake Studio where he blends art and game to create his
Lowbrow game-art paintings and prints. Articles about his unique paintings
can be found in publications from JUXTAPOZ art magazine to the shadowy "men's
only" CLUB INTERNATIONAL and GALLERY magazines. Collectors include
such notables as Nicolas Cage, Eric Burden, Mickey Hart & Harry Shearer.
Long known for his unique style of illustration, his work has appeared far
and wide, from GQ magazine to the "Best of MEGADETH" CD ....it
can also be found on t-shirts, lighters, belt buckles & skateboard wheels.
(from the forthcoming book "TABU TU")
Born five minutes after New Year's Day in Jupiter,
Florida, Kalynn Campbell grew up a stone's throw away from the headquarters
of the National Enquirer. At 13, he was given a stack of underground comics
and saw a Dwayne Hanson exhibition in Palm Beach, experiences that profoundly
changed his life and pushed him into pursuing a career in art. He found
himself airbrushing motorcycle tanks for the Outlaw Motorcycle Club and
simultaneously designing the logo for the Palm Beach Police Benevolent Association
before moving to San Francisco in 1981 to attend the Academy of Art College.
In 1989, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and settled into the tasks of painting
and drawing. Since then, he has worked on hundreds of illustration projects
for everyone from Tom Petty, to heavy metal megagroup Megadeth, to GQ Magazine,
to Paul Krassner's Realist and has seen his "game" paintings included
in three major museum shows, including the pivotal Kustom Kulture exhibition.
Campbell's collectors include such notables as Nicolas Cage and the NBC
Censors Office. He currently has a series of skateboard wheels on the market
bearing his art , and a book based on his lowbrow style of game art is in
the works. (Gallery Bio)