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Naomi Campbell oil and collage on panel "Spawn to Reset"
Elena Hart-Cohen

Naomi Campbell, a watercolor instructor whose class was extremely enjoyable at The Art Students League in Manhattan is now exhibiting her unique brand of fanciful, expressionist art work in a variety of mediums at The Art Students League Victacyl campus in Sparkhill in Rockland County. A brief drive of 24 miles from Midtown Manhattan, the hilly, woodsy art school and residency in the historic Hudson Valley is a true artistic gem. For those without access to a car, The Art Students League offers a free bus shuttle to students of the League’s Manhattan campus on a daily basis. For more information about the shuttle service visit The exhibit entitled “Naomi Campbell – Spawning Conversations That Go On With The Virtual Identity” opened today (May 3) and runs through July 6, 2014. For more information about The Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at the League, Victacyl Campus visit

“ In “Spawning” (Naomi) presents a sequel to the series “Retinal Displacement” in a group of new mixed media paintings and Plexiglas prints. Naomi Campbell continues to explore the contemporary human body through altered states of reality perceived through the virtual world,” added The League’s gallery information materials at the Victacyl campus. “In computer gaming, spawn refers to the moment when a player is magically reborn back into the game after dying.”

“The gaming world and computer graphics combine to take us through a journey of suspended animations of time and space and our perceptions of immortality,” adds the statement. “Campbell takes the concepts and interprets them with her mixed media and Plexiglas prints to address the malleability of form and space.”

Added The League: “The computer is used both as a tool to alter her hand drawn images and as a subject of investigation and inspiration. The mix of the computer-based environment with studio practices creates distinctive imagery that addresses the effects of ever-expanding technology and questions our evolving interpretations of our own reality, identity, and mortality.”

The artist’s web site, states that “Naomi Campbell has painted for over 28 years in watercolor. She is a graduate of Champlain College, Quebec, Canada; was classically trained in painting, drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League of New York; and has studied with many nationally recognized watercolor artists. Her signature memberships include the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.”

Ms. Campbell has won several awards for her work, in watercolor and other media, including four Gold Medals of Honor. Her figurative work has been featured in many art magazines and 16 book publications on multiple media, including American Artist Magazine; Watercolor Magic; Pure Color, The Best of Pastel; and 100 Mid-Atlantic Artists.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in such places as France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her work is in international and national public, corporate and private collections, which include the MTA Arts for Transit, the ASPCA, Maimonides Hospital, and Swift Pan-Americas, all in New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of the City of New York; the City of Irving, Texas; the City of Geochang, Korea; the Art Students League of New York; and the Trenton City Museum, New Jersey.

Ms. Campbell has contributed to art journals and has lectured at several schools and art organizations, including Lehman College, City University of New York. In addition to watercolor, Ms. Campbell works in pastel, oil, acrylic, printmaking, installation, sculpture and public art. Naomi Campbell now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Staten Island arts fans, visit Naomi’s unique brand of whimsical, modern art work and decide for yourself just what makes her art work cutting-edge and instrumental.

Adds Ms. Campbell in her own words in, “Half the time my studio looks like a science lab. I like to call it my work in progress. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn surrounded by trees, it’s is not far from the Brooklyn Museum. This area has been home to my work for about ten years. Its constant metamorphosis from one project to another keeps the space alive. As an interdisciplinary artist, I find this the perfect environment for my creative process. My background in science has permanently influenced my workspace. That’s a carryover from my childhood. Half the time my studio looks like a science lab.” Staten island arts fans this is one artist that truly thinks in terms of the computer generation. Her work is as modern as the artist herself.