Michele del Campo
The Mediterranean climate of southern Italy, where multiple prize-winning artist Michele Del Campo was born, is reflected in the suffusion of light and colour in his large-scale, figurative paintings. His work is a collage of images: a background from here, a person from there, a sky from somewhere else, each element carefully selected, thoughtfully positioned, and occasionally subtly changed, to communicate a particular story.
The blonde on the left in 'Three Girls Standing by Graffiti' he spotted in Barcelona – her dishevelled hair, layered clothes, freckled face and moody expression appealing to him. She also features in four of Del Campo's other paintings albeit with changed backgrounds, wearing modified clothes, holding different props (binoculars, a letter, a camera) and standing alongside unfamiliar companions.
Hedge, issue 34, April 2015, pp67-76