Formal Art Education - Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA,
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
The art is hard-edged geometric abstraction using minimal complexity, intentional form, conscious energy and subconscious though.
The works are often symmetrical, balancing color, shape, placement and pattern.
In addition to traditional paint on canvas since 1978 this artist has also worked digitally. The end results become archival prints on
archival paper or aluminum. The digital files often become sketches or inspiration for paintings on canvas. Van Campen tends to work concepts into collective bodies.
Mixing disciplines. Images can be reconfigured as smaller works or enlarged to several feet. The color palette can be revised for sight specific demands.
For over forty years he has also spent much energy as an award winning freelance designer.
Having created collections of contract fabrics (Knoll, HBF, etc), custom hand knotted rugs made in Nepal, India, China as well as menswear, bedding etc.
Presently he is putting most of his creative energy back to his fine art painting and printmaking roots.