J. D. Gómez Campillo: Living to create

José David Gómez Campello (Murcia, 1993) is a Spanish painter, sculpture artist, musician and poet that utilizes innovating methods for his creations. “Since back I can remember I always wanted to create. My sister and I used to go to the Forrest and make figures with the mud I found in puddles”. After that, being very little, he started to work with clay. 

Origins

Jose David was raised in a little village surrounded by nature. His first esculptures were made of mud, when he was only eight. Since very little, Jose David stood out between his professors, having their complete support and guidance. “When someone with maturity and qualifications value your work and encourage you to create, you feel unstoppable” he added. 

His adolescence was marked by domestic problems and wrongs study choices that led him to abandon art for a couple of years. Between jobs, Jose David realized he wanted to create, and make a living with that, defying the predetermined concepts of modern art and creating art by his rules. 

Burning light

The very first technique Jose David created had its inception after the idea of “environmental-friendly art”. This method is based in the use of dried leaves to make figures, taking inspiration in the collage technique – made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole – the cubism artists used during the contemporary period. The stand-out characteristic of “Burning Light” relies on the use of eco friendly materials. “One autumn day I was walking in the street and stepped on some dry leaves and I stopped. The crunchy noise made me think. What happens to them now they fell? Are they going to be recycled? Burned? Every living thing really dies unless you leave it there on the floor. If you give them purpose you can give birth to something else”. 

Purificación 

His first “Burning light” creation started by taking several pictures of himself, playing with light and contrasts. These “lights” are templates used to put carefully each leaf. Once the right pictture is taken, it is used as reference to draw the final figure. The leaves are put in the right place, with the right shape, using their lines to create dimension, forming muscles and gains, adding a “figurative surrealism” to each creation. Each line is part of a bigger picture, a representation of the human body’s energy. 

Working on marble

In 2016, Jose David moved to Carrara, Italy, where Miquelangelo worked all his life, to continue his progressive learning and tackle a new media unknown to him: marble. “I took the broken marble blocks thrown from the quarries” It all starts again with clay, to create the sketch of his sculpture. “I love working with my hands, I can feel every movement and connects me with my sculpture”. 

No one thought him at first. Every decision, every hit with the hammer was by intuition. The noise is a crucial part of the creative process. If the Sound is dry, the chisel is the right track, but if, on the contrary, the Sound has a vibration, it can damage the block. 

Soler’s pupil

Antonio Soler (Lorca, 1969) is a famous Spanish sculpture artist that also builds film sets, working with directors as Ridley Scott. Soler took Jose David under his wing to teach him the “tricks”, and techniques of working with marble. 

“A piece of art is composed by creator, object, concept and audience. Creating is for me a need. It is a visceral, and both painful and pleasant necessity to express and protect my feelings and avoid them to evaporate without a purpose”. 

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