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MORE ABOUT CHARLES CAMPBELL

Right Place, Right Time

The Accidental Dealer
By Peter Steinhart

A Friendly, Mellow Magic Shop

Charles Campbell
(1915-2014)


Treasures
From a Life of
Art and Music


Legendary gallery owner and jazzman Charles Campbell for half a century exhibited and befriended artists in San Francisco, including the major players in the Bay Area Figurative Movement — Nathan Oliviera, Manuel Neri, Richard Diebenkorn, James Weeks, Elmer Bischoff, Paul Wonner, Theophilus Brown and their colleagues. He has had a long association and friendship with Wayne Thiebaud.

THE REMARKABLE LIFE
OF CHARLES CAMPBELL

• Born to second generation gold miners in January 1915 on a chicken ranch in Santa Cruz.

• Lived in Siberia as a child until the family gold mine was seized during the Russian Revolution.

• Moved to China and grew up in Shanghai.

• In Los Angeles, became an early jazz fan and was pianist Art Tatum’s chauffeur.

• Moved to San Francisco in 1947 and opened the Louvre Frame Shop and art supply store on Chestnut Street near the SF Art Institute.

• Met and sold supplies to emerging Bay Area Figurative artists and began to exhibit their work.

• Opened the Charles Campbell Gallery in 1972.

• Married the artist Glenna Putt in Katmandu, Nepal, in 1988.

• Formed the Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery in 1989 in partnership with Paul Thiebaud, son of painter Wayne Thiebaud, for a decade.

• Closed his gallery in April 2008 and retired at age 93.

• Until his death at age 99, he remained enthusiastic about good art, jazz and wine.






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