That's where I first saw Steven Campbell's painting called A Salty Tale: In a Drought a Man Saves a Whale by his Perspiration and Tears, 1985. Everything you need to know about Campbell is right there in that title. The whimsy, the monumental symbolism of the whale, layers of personal and universal meaning. It might as well be called Blood, Sweat and Tears. I was hooked. My own work began to shift.
Steven Campbell was a Scottish painter who didn't study art until his mid-twenties, after a few years working in a factory. He was part of new wave of figurative artists who emerged in the 1980's that became knowns as The Glasgow Boys. Campbell moved to New York and became something of an Art Star for a while. However, he was unhappy in New York and soon moved back to Scotland where he promptly disappeared from the international scene. A fabulous book on Campbell's paintings by Duncan MacMillan was published in 1993. Unfortunately, Campbell died of a ruptured appendix on 15 August 2007, aged 54. The only known video footage of him that I could find is here on Youtube.
To see more amazing paintings by Steven Campbell, check out this site.