Jesse Campbell is of Metis, Cree, Scottish, and English ancestry currently living in the unceded Lekwungen territory of Victoria BC. He has been a practicing mural painter since 2010 and has helped produce many public art pieces throughout Greater Victoria and is now leading his own projects throughout the city. In addition to his mural practice, Jesse spends time mentoring youth on the craft of mural painting and understanding the diverse forms of Indigenous art across North America. Since a youth he has been inspired by the work of natural historians throughout the world as well as the writings of Joseph Campbell and the stories of the knowledge keepers of the territories he has lived. Jesse began taking his art more seriously while being mentored under Alex Clark, a long time teacher in the Victoria School District who recognized his talent and taught him to live and work in a good way. Jesse hopes to continue passing on these teachings through his art, his collaborations, and his students.
Pictured here: Dogfish, Ascension Mural
Seaton tunnel, Victoria BC. July 2017
Acrylic on Concrete
The Dogfish piece was designed off of one of my Aunt’s family crests. She is of Haida heritage and has given me many valuable lessons over my life. This mural was painted on a corrugated concrete surface, which was exceedingly challenging as it disrupted the normal flow of a painted line on a flat surface. I wanted to challenge myself to paint the Dogfish with a symmetrical head and flowing body. I wanted to paint this for my Aunt as she has always encouraged me to push myself in my art.