The painter and sculptor Todd Camp is one of Hali Lookabaugh’s Muse Gallery artist associates and though I was familiar with his work, I never had the opportunity to meet him.
So, the good news for me was that his collection - “New Work: Todd Camp” - was at the Muse on Arrow Road. Camp, who lives in Ohio, was also there on a recent Saturday for an informal meet and greet.
I found Todd Camp, in moments. He was surrounded by his work and in deep conversation with a woman whom I found to be a Gallery owner from Beaufort, and a devotee of contemporary art.
Lookabaugh was standing nearby. She said this was a particularly meaningful day for her, not only because of Camp’s presence, but because she and the Muse Gallery on Hilton Head were actually celebrating one year in place at the south end of the island.
Todd Camp’s “Cloudscape” series was my particular center of interest. The pieces range in size from 24 x 24 inches to a couple which were a whopping 48 x 60 inches. I was thrilled with the diversity of his focus, his remarkable use of a collection of mediums, and the color and textures of each piece.
His artwork challenges the mind and elevates the soul.
Camp was quick to answer my questions, and delighted to share stories of his developmental years as an artist, the challenge of blending a career as a fine artist with the challenge of teaching as well as arts administration. He also spoke of the joy he derives from his family and his home, a farm he shares in Newark, Ohio, about an hour east of Columbus, with his wife and son.
“We have 8 ½ acres there, with our home, my studio, at least 20 chickens, as many cats, and plenty of space dedicated to growing vegetables and herbs ,especially, ” he said.
He added that much of his inspiration comes during that considerable commute each day. Its all about the landscape, the sky in the morning and the evening, the cloud formations, the atmosphere, the graphic nature of the roads and highway. The colors, he pointed out, are so different at different times of the day and in different seasons
“I create memories” he said. “We must see it today, because tomorrow, it will be different.”
After more than 30 years as a professional artist, he explained that an early childhood experience dramatically opened the door to a continuing love of art and ultimately a wonderful journey in its pursuit.
“ I was around seven, when my mother found me painting, unattended, my version of a landscape, on a bedsheet,” he said “She took it all in stride, and actually encouraged me to continue that early interest, which by the way, became a passion, even then and clearly, still is.”
He added that he felt incredibly lucky to have family and friends who understood and encouraged him . There are so many new things on Camp’s list of future possibilities. Be especially on the lookout for a new trees series.
Camp understates his accomplishments. He was the artist featured on HGTV and PBS’ Broad & High , as well as curator, lecturer, juror, artists-in-sSchools and artist in residence for the New Albany Symphony.
Administratively, he was cultural arts director for the YMCA of Central Ohio, and currently serves as the assistant arts administrator for the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.
A 1989 graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Camp is also recognized for his contemporary sculpture, prints and pieces in clay. His work is found in private and corporate collections throughout the country and Mexico.
Artist, musician, teacher and writer Nancy K. Wellard focuses on portraying and promoting the cultural arts, first in Los Angeles and, for close to 30 years, in the Lowcountry. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The artwork of Todd Camp will rotate in and out of group shows throughout the summer. Other artists include Mel Rea, Randall Lagro, Barbara Krupp, and Bonnie Teitelbaum
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Saturday by appointment only
Location: 65 Arrow Road, Suite B, Hilton Head Island
More information: Call 843-715-4330 or visit amusegallery.com