Cob Gallery (London) and AMI, the Parisian fashion brand have joined together in celebration of painter Tomo Campbell and the creative director and founder of AMI, Alexandre Mattiussi – as they prepare to showcase their latest collections in London and Paris respectively
Tomo Campbell To Alex, 2020 Mixed media 130 x 120 cm (CAMPBELL_47) Copyright: © The Artist Courtesy of Cob Gallery, London
Campbell will present Go On Then, a suite of new mixed media works on canvas as his second solo exhibition at Cob Gallery during London’s Frieze week, and Mattiussi his Spring-Summer 21 menswear and womens- wear collection during Paris Fashion Week. Concurrent to both of these presentations, Campbell and Mattiussi will work on a collaborative installation to be displayed within AMI’s Duke Street boutique.
To document the evolution of the collaboration Frieze working alongside Rose Forde, will produce a 3-minute film following Campbell and Mattiussi in the lead up to their events, which will premiere on frieze.com on the 14th October, 2020.
Following the pair over a course of a single day, the film allows the viewer to step into each of their worlds, in a diary-like fashion, from morning to dusk. We see the landscape of their work and their lives, focussing on how they inhabit their studios and the way their work is generated. ey discuss the evolution of their respective practices, and the in uences and inspirations they are focussing on for these upcoming shows, as well as their hopes and anxieties about sharing their work at this time.
Campbell and Mattiussi will further examine the parallels in their creative lives in a digital conversation with Love Magazine editor Harriet Verney. Taking place via Zoom, on 15th October, Verney will delve further into their individual practices and examine how artists and makers nd themselves adapting to the current climate.
Film – A Day In The Life Released 14th October 2020 A 3 minute Film featuring Tomo Campbell and AMI creative director Alexandre Mattiussi Produced and hosted by Frieze.
Digital In Conversation 15th October 2020 Tomo Campbell and Alexandre Mattiussi in conversation in a live Zoom event Hosted by LOVE Editor Harriet Verney
Both events will be on freize.com
About the Artist
Inspired by a diverse array of source material, Tomo Campbell’s large-scale oil paintings are produced in a manner that he sees as akin to free jazz: constantly altering, extending and breaking down conventions. His abstracted depictions of ‘traditional’ subjects such as hunting, parades and explorers are, as he puts it, ‘never quite solid or whole’, yet they exude an extraordinarily rich sense of vision. ‘I try to paint in a way that makes the paint vibrate’, says Campbell, ‘to make it look light and delicate and on the cusp of shifting’. His bold, layered arrangements of complementary colours, reminiscent of the Rococo, offer multiple focal points and keep the eye in constant motion. Balancing activity and stasis, confidence and doubt, his works occupy a fertile space somewhere between the known and the undiscovered.
Tomo Campbell’s recent solo exhibitions include ‘There’, Cob Gallery, London (2018); and ‘If You Know How To Get Here, Come’, Gallery Volatire, Melbourne (2017). Campbell has featured in numerous group exhibitions and fairs including ‘Veil’, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (2018); Dallas Art Fair, Texas, USA (2017); Palm Tree Gallery, London (2015); Rushgrove House, London (2012); and Motion Gallery, London (2010). Campbell was awarded the first artist in residence place at the English National Ballet which he participated in between 2012-2013.
Cob Gallery was established in 2011 as an artist-led project space by gallerist Victoria Williams and play- wright Polly Stenham. In 2016, Cob Gallery launched a full programme that supports multi-discipline, emerging talent, and pulls particular focus on London based artists.
Born in Paris in 2011, inspired by Paris ever since — AMI offers stylish and comprehensive wardrobes for men and women, blurring the boundaries between casual and chic. AMI, the French word for friend, plays with the initials of Alexandre Mattiussi, its founder and creative director. AMI captures a particular type of the French capital’s nonchalance, one that is young, cool and carefree. Standing for a relaxed, authentic and friendly approach to fashion, AMI was awarded the prestigious AN- DAM prize in 2013. AMI now has 9 stores in Paris, Tokyo, London, mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as over 350 points of sale worldwide.
Rose Forde is a stylist, editor and consultant, collaborating with Cob on fashion and art projects. Forde works across fashion, art and lm and has collaborated with numerous brands including Christina Loubou- tin, Paul Smith, Loewe, Fendi and many more.
Harriet Verney is a London based creative director and writer who contributes to i-D, US Vogue and Vogue.com, LOVE, GQ, TEEN VOGUE, Stylist Magazine, Wall Street Journal and many more. She has creative directed lms for the likes of Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfger, Armani and more. She currently acts as Editor of LOVE Magazine and Digital Editor-in-Chief At Large.