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Colin has brought a new vitality to one of the earliest forms of printmaking. Although his work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, his talent is to invent compositions which distil the ecological and behavioural relationships of the species and their habitats. He uses his knowledge and imagination to construct engravings of great complexity and refinement and has evolved something new by the patterning and layering of his images. Later compositions, particularly those from an underwater viewpoint, use an increasingly abstract and fluid line to capture the fast and fleeting movements of birds and fish.

Recently shown in London to great acclaim, the exhibition ‘Jerusalem’ comprises 12 large-scale portraits of individuals who live or work in the ancient, mystical troubled city of Jerusalem. Among them are Jews, Muslims, Christians, a politician, a Benedictine monk, a doctor, a peace activist, a hotel worker, a Holocaust survivor — a cross section that lives together with conflict, prejudice and se paration. The theme of common humanity is explored through these paintings.

Campbell was born Colin Macliver , the eldest of the four children of John Macliver, a cabinetmaker in Glasgow , and Agnes Macliver (née Campbell). [1] His mother and one of his twin sisters died while he was still a boy. His only brother was killed fighting in the Peninsular War. [2] Having been educated at the High School of Glasgow his uncle, Major John Campbell, took over his care and sent him to the Royal Military and Naval Academy at Gosport . [3] The most oft-quoted story explaining Campbell's name change is that upon Colin's entry into the 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot as an ensign in 1808, his uncle presented him to the Duke of York , who assumed the boy's surname was Campbell and had him enlisted in the Army under that name. This story was first promulgated during the Crimean War . The press were fascinated to find why he had changed his name, and rumours abounded that he was in fact the illegitimate son of Major Campbell, so Peter Macliver, a journalist and Colin's cousin, invented the story about the Duke of York. Not only was it highly unusual for an ensign to meet the commander-in-chief, the Duke of York , but Campbell was on the Isle of Wight , not in London when commissioned. Furthermore, General Robert Brownrigg , colonel of the regiment of the 9th Foot, wrote to the Duke of York prior to Campbell's commission, referring to the fifteen-year-old boy as 'Mr Colin Campbell'. Evidently, Campbell changed his name before being gazetted. [4]


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