Steven Campbell

Bill Forsyth, b. 1946. Film producer (1995)

About this artwork

The first film of Glasgow-born director, Bill Forsyth, was 'That Sinking Feeling', a low budget movie made in 1979 about a group of unemployed teenagers in Glasgow. His second film, 'Gregory's Girl', set in Cumbernauld and made in 1980, brought Forsyth international recognition. By 1983 he was directing Hollywood's Burt Lancaster in 'Local Hero'. Campbell described Forsyth as 'a dark mysterious creature' although his movies are decidedly funny. The motorway flyover is a reference to Glasgow's Kingston Bridge which Forsyth often uses in his films.

  • title: Bill Forsyth, b. 1946. Film producer
  • accession number: PG 2989
  • artist: Steven CampbellScottish (1953 - 2007)
  • depicted: Bill Forsyth
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Children Families Transport links
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1995
  • measurements: 185.00 x 130.00 cm (framed: 207.40 x 154.00 cm x 7.00 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1995
  • copyright: © THE ESTATE OF STEVEN CAMPBELL
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell emerged as the leading figure of a group of Scottish figurative painters who began to exhibit their work in the early 1980s. After working as an engineer for seven years, in 1982 Campbell graduated from Glasgow School of Art. A Fulbright Scholarship took him to New York, where he became commercially very successful. In 1986 Campbell returned to Glasgow and continued to develop his distinctive painting style, which often has a surreal and mysterious quality. His last major exhibition was 'The Caravan Club' in 2002, at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh. He died on 15 August 2007.