Ai Campbell was born in Osaka, Japan and studied oil painting at Kyoto College of Art and Design. Campbell is inspired by her grandfather's beautiful landscape drawings and their fine details in black and white. Campbell's own oeuvre is similarly monochromatic.
The simple yet explosive black and white spaces enhance the contour of shapes allowing one to see vividly simple yet critical object elements. An obsession with this type of imagery has become the central theme of Campbell's work: engaging the most basic elements of life to build or extract the most complex. She focuses on the organic shapes and natural forms that she encounter,s such as water streams on a faded wall, layered leaves on a tree or her own tangled hair. She explores how these elements can interact and start to breath in the company of other types. Her work continues to explore the beauty and power in life’s intricate organic form.