About Alistair Hamish Campbell
painter- muralist – illustrator – tattoo artist
Born in Southampton in 1984. Ali went on to Kingston to Study Illustration in 2003 and has been London based since.
With family in Rhode Island USA, he obtained his heavy American influence from his time spent there.
Ali’s work also borrows heavily from 20th Century culture and style, taking influence from the art nouveau revival by the psychedelic rock scene of the 1960s. The modern psych-rock scene is strong influences in his work.
Surrealist painters such as Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon and illustrators such as Ralph Steadman have also influenced him throughout his passionate career.
His work is a collision of unique patterns, sound inspired images, Mexican/Native American culture and altered mental states.
Ali often uses patterns of a circular design with reference to ‘the circle of life’ so central to Native American culture and narrative. There is timelessness to his work achieved by the juxtaposition of these images and themes with modern day phenomena such as urban myths, conspiracy theories and mysteries of the universe. The process of which gives birth to a mix of aesthetics, oddities and bizzarities.
‘Vietnow’, a word repeated throughout Ali’s work came from his love and passion for alternative metal.
This word is symbolic of an endless political war waged on people by their governments. For Ali ‘Vietnow’ is a great phrase applicable to many issues such as austerity, the illegality of mind opening substances (again, historically connected to the 1960’s), aggressive advertising, continual war, corporate greed and any way in which the people who are supposed to serve us erode our rights and freedoms instead.
Fish are of particular interest to Ali throughout his work; this comes from childhood memories by the sea; thus it is also an environmental commentary.
When scuba diving off the east coast of Mexico, he looked up from the sea floor to see fish swimming above him, this led to the fable-like narrative where man had melted the ice caps, the sea levels rose and covered the land and fish swam high above where man had previously walked.
The sea levels eventually subsided as a balance returned but the fish stayed in the sky as a reminder to man of what he had done and as punishment as man could no longer catch them for food.
Ali works as a painter, muralist, illustrator and tattoo artist for and with a wide variety of clients and organizations from small bars in London and beyond to the Tate Collectives, some corporate clients and Warner Brothers as well as multiple ongoing private commissions.