A catalog of the collection is available.
MORE ABOUT CHARLES CAMPBELL
Right Place, Right Time
The Accidental Dealer
By Peter Steinhart
A Friendly, Mellow Magic Shop
Photos from the
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.
Now 98, he and his wife, the artist Glenna Putt, have decided to share some of the treasures they kept for themselves, many of which came directly from their friends.
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 Tatums 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.
At 98, he remains enthusiastic about good art, jazz and wine.