There are catalogues of my exhibit, “Women in Mythology: The Power of the Feminine in Ancient Tales,” that was shown at The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN, July – November 2010. The text was written by Nashville Educator (MBA), Anne Christeson, and the art was my solo show of large-scaled paintings of Greek Goddesses. This show was generously unwritten by SunTrust Bank and an anonymous donor. Please visit the Parthenon Museum Gift Shop to purchase these catalogues.
Rachael McCampbell was the featured artist for the 2012 Steeplechase. This interview was at Rachael’s studio in Leiper’s Fork, TN for Channel 4 news, Better Segment, (WSMV Nashville) April 30, 2012 with Kacy Hagerty.
Please join us at Belle Meade Plantation for an art reception of my new equine paintings. The Iroquois Steeplechase painting for 2012 will be there with collectable posters for sale that benefit the Steeplechase organization. I will be happy to personalize and sign the posters as per your requests. (Note: the Steeplechase painting will be auctioned May 11th and the Jockey Club Party the night before Steeplechase, but if you are interested in purchasing it, and cannot attend the Jockey Club event, you can leave a silent bid with the Steeplechase director, Libby Cheek: 615–591-2991. A portion of this sale benefits Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
“We are delighted to work with such a talented local artist who shares our passion for equestrian art, and look forward to sharing her work with the community,” said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee.
Capturing the awe-inspiring beauty and movement of the horse is a difficult feat, but one that McCampbell does seamlessly. Drawing inspiration from her rural upbringing on a Knoxville, Tennessee farm, she creates by observing subjects in their natural habitat and focuses on highlighting both the motion and stillness of the wildlife she paints. McCampbell says, “For me, the horses I have painted symbolize the wildness in ourselves that we have perhaps lost and are trying to recapture.”
She is known for her tactile approach to painting that involves sanding layers of paint off, then repainting them until the story she envisions gets told. “I take an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, working as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered line,” said McCampbell. “My interest in drawing also plays into my paintings. As I like to show the ‘artist’s hand,’ I often work backwards, drawing on top of a finished painting and exposing the line work that provided the painting’s original armature.”
“Women in Mythology: The Power of the Feminine in Ancient Tales” is on view at the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee from July 17th through November 30, 2010.
Fine artist Rachael McCampbell’s large scale paintings illustrate some of the poignant moments in Greek myths when women made powerful decisions that would change their fate. “What better venue to exhibit a show about Greek goddesses than in the Parthenon — the temple to Athena?” McCampbell asks. “I was thrilled when Susan Shockley, the curator, suggested the show to me.”
The opening night, July 23rd, was a festive affair which brought in a record number for the Parthenon at 400 guests. Anne Christeson, the academic advisor to the show, and Latin and French teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy, gave an awe-inspiring speech about women’s roles in Greek myths and how the themes of a mother’s love, sexual love and the power of feminine beauty are timeless and affect us today.
Rachael McCampbell is partnering with Tinney Contemporary and The Land Trust for Tennessee for an inspiring and insightful exhibit entitled: Endangered Heritage: Nature in the Balance.
A native Tennessean, McCampbell recently returned from Los Angeles to Nashville (Leiper’s Fork) to be near the source of her inspiration—Nature. This connection is strongly evident in her body of large-scale, highly textured paintings of North American endangered species, such as the Whooping Crane, Red Wolf, Florida Cougar, Big Horned Sheep, Stellar Sea Lion, Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and the Nashville Crayfish, among others. A central element of the show, designed to further challenge the viewer, is a sculptural monument comprised of actual bird and animal parts—a memorial to extinct species that have been eliminated primarily due to habitat encroachment. The painterly representations of endangered species surrounding the monument act as a hopeful contrast to the macabre sculpture as they uplift and inspire the viewer to action, shining a spotlight on the urgency surrounding our quickly disappearing natural endowment.