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Breaking Art World News: Army Of One aka Jef Campion is Dead

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artiholics-army-of-oneNew York – Saturday, January 18, 2014

Very shocking and unfortunate news from the NY art world tonight.  9/11 first responder and fellow Castle Fitzjohns artist Jef Campion, also known in the street art community as Army Of One, has passed away.

“Very, very sorry to receive news this evening that my friend Jef, who many of you knew as Army Of One, died today… Always an encouraging and friendly word, a firefighter and this man did so much charity work particularly for his kids at Ronald McDonald House… Very sad news… RIP, my friend…”Oh Captain My Captain

Video via  Everyday People Project

In Jef’s own words:

“I was born an Artist, I became a firefighter”,

But it took the tragic events of 9/11/01in NYC to unleash the Artist buried deep within me, and send me back into the Studio , after a global street Art Campaign to raise awareness to the plights of Children put in Harms way through War , Poverty and Disease , and,

Trough the ashes of Ground Zero ,this Artists soul and vision was unleashed,

Prior to 9/11/01,I had packed up my studio and art supplies and was content within the Firefighters ranks,

No Art, No Creative outlet, until the World Trade Center attack.

Through Days into Months spent on the pile at Ground Zero, coupled with the social, political and religious I was now experiencing , I retreated in to a world of PSTD and self destruction , finally realizing that humanity had lost its innocence .

Years of therapy and soul searching , followed by re opening my studio and my first portfolio” Atrophy”

Was born,

“Nearly 10 years After I Quit the Creative field , ” Atrophy” combined with Haunting and emotion stories and visceral Artwork, peeled back layer after decomposing layer of a life less ordinary, a hidden life of Drug ,sex and Alcohol Abuse, a highly dysfunctional upbringing and self destruction hidden deep inside my sub conscious , this Artwork and Writing is meant to awake Primal Emotion in the viewer, welcome to my world ,

The images and writing that make up the portfolio “Atrophy ” are not about 9/11/01 or Firefighting ,my artwork breaches the Tenacity of the human Spirit with survival Under the harshest realms of madness……

Art saved My Life……”



Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”
[Jef Campion portrait and photos by Cojo Art Juggernaut Jef Campion quote via. Castle Fitzjohns Gallery]

About Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.


  1. Oh man, very sad news. Jef was a force for good and not just through his art. The work he did with kids was just one example of how giving Jef was. Really shocked and saddened by his passing.

  2. The world lost a true hero today. You’ll be so very missed, my friend. <3

  3. Jef was a great human being. I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and he was all about giving back to the world he lived in. He always talked about charity and the rights of children who were victims of war & sickness. He was very involved with The Ronald McDonald house and he was also a damn good artist who’s emotions would penetrate any medium he put that beautiful shiny red paint on. Rest In Peace Army of One – you now have an army of thousands who will carry the torch of compassion for those who are too young to have a voice.

  4. I am mourning the loss of my brother Jeff and was directed to this site to view the video interview. As I watched the video I was saddened by my brother’s thoughts about his childhood and our father. Our family was not the Brady bunch but we were happy and loved equally by our parents. Jeff was the most creative person I will ever know and although he grew distant from his family I will always love him. Sometimes we create our own misery and convince ourselves that our lives are something they were not. Our father, worked his ass off to provide for his family, some would even say we were spoiled as kids. Jeff, I will always love and remember you – Say hello to mommy. Fred

  5. I believe Jef was the person he was because of his emotional life experience and what he saw through his own eyes. You can’t assume what one goes through has the same effect on all involved. Coming from a background where I also saw my mother abused and not respected I feel you Jef 100 percent and I’m there walking with you. To each there own but not one should take away another’s truth for which they have shared in moments of reflection, instead love and respect them for there courage and honesty. If you knew Jef if even for a moment you knew his soul may have been bruised but his overpowering fight to love and protect conquered all. Jef you will be missed everyday but your legacy will live on through all you have touched forever. Your smile will always light the way. Xoxo TL

  6. My heart is heavy as I mourn the life of my Uncle Jef. As a child, I always remember my Uncle being this beautiful, mysterious man who seemed to be a free spirit in and out of my Grandparent’s apartment, doing his own thing. Some memories I do recall include, art work (done by him at an early age) hanging in my Grandmother’s living room, him tanning on the roof of my Grandparent’s Yonkers apartment building, to him driving freely with the top down/doors off in his Jeep. I am his niece, his brother’s daughter. I will be 30 years old in just a few weeks and can honestly say that I am saddened by the fact that there never seemed to be an opportunity to get to known my uncle… as a man, an artist, as a firefighter, or humanitarian. After viewing this video, I’m completely blown away. Left with so many questions that I would rather never have answered. I do know that nobody is perfect, we all have our flaws. Some people are stronger than others, and everyone learns to deal with the demons inside of us in different ways. I am amazed and happy to know that my uncle led such a beautiful, selfless life. I can only hope that he is resting easy with his Mom..my beautiful angel up above. RIP.

  7. Jef, You were truly a blessing in my life! You are deeply missed. I learned many great things while in your presence. Hope you are taking it easy on a beach in Mexico….Cabo? Todo Santos? Wherever you may be…..Rest easy my friend. Xoxo

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