THE LEGACY OF AN ARMY OF ONE: JEF CAMPION at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery

Posted by The G on April 4, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jef Campion/Army of One.

"Adam and Eve" by Jef Campion aka Army of One

“Adam and Eve” by Jef Campion aka Army of One

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York is currently paying tribute to one of the art world’s fallen soldiers – Jef Campion aka Army of One.  Campion’s most recognizable work as street artist Army of One was a message to give peace a chance, to stop violence and to end all war.  On the streets of New York or Los Angeles, you could often see Diane Arbus’ iconic “Grenade Boy” image mashed up with messages of love and peace from Army of One.

Give Peace A Chance!

Give Peace A Chance!

Jef Campion was more than an artist – he was also a firefighter, who was one of the first respondents in the 9/11 tragedy, and he worked tirelessly with the Ronald McDonald House to help sick children.  Though in person Jef was one of the sweetest guys you’d ever want to meet, in private, he battled a lot of inner demons and Jef passed on in early 2014.

Original Sin

Original Sin

This exhibit showcases many pieces that his fans are familiar with, as well as many unseen works that show a completely different side of his art.  During his life, he invited me to his studio many times, but our schedules could never coordinate and I am sad that I will never get to speak with him about these great works of art, most of which I was seeing for the first time at this retrospective exhibit.

Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion

I’ve known Jef for several years and of course we bonded over having the same name (though different spellings) and we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I’d see him out and about at art functions and of course, his art is all over the streets of Los Angeles and New York, so his presence was always felt.   This exhibit is a beautiful and touching tribute to a beautiful man.  I hope you go see it.  If you can’t make it, at least ponder Jef’s mission statement: Give Peace A Chance!   Rest in peace, my friend.

Gone but not forgotten - Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Gone but not forgotten – Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is located at 98 Orchard Street.

Chalk Before Bullets

Posted by The G on October 13, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Army of One.

Chalk Before Bullets

Chalk Before Bullets

 

I Hand Print New York

Posted by The G on September 11, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Army of One.

I Hand Print NY

I Hand Print NY

Remembering those that lost their lives on the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history.  Making it even more tragic are the lies our own government told us about the accuracy of the events!  To think of how that one day made us live in fear of invisible terrorists and how the world bought that story hook, line and sinker…

WAKE UP people, otherwise all those lives were taken for nothing!

 

Army Of One – Coast To Coast

Posted by The G on September 1, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Army Of One.

Army of One in a Tree

Army of One in a Tree

These pieces of art by Army of One have been spotted in Los Angeles and New York.  JC2 from coast to coast!

Army of One in LA

Army of One in LA

Army of One, Street Grapes, Fumero

Army of One, Street Grapes, Fumero (NYC)

All The Girls Love Earl (Going Big)

Posted by The G on July 27, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Earl.

All the Girls Love Earl

All the Girls Love Earl

Recognize any other familiar faces in the crowd?  If you said Army of One and Bankrupt Slut, award yourself something nice for paying attention 🙂

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