NZ born painter based on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London.
Lee Campbell – Artist’s Statement
Originally from New Zealand where the light is sharp and colours bright I have embraced the hazy atmosphere of England’s landscapes, particularly the river Thames – with it’s tidal variations and misty mornings.
The poetry of Robert Graves has provided a haunting dimension to my landscapes. His poem ‘The Outlaws’ inspired a series of work described as ‘Mystical Realism’ depicting ghostly forests where ‘old gods lie in wait’.
Previously I have sought out interesting and challenging locations to work in – churches, science labs (NPL), riverside docks, science laboratories and have just completed a project as Resident Artist for ABP based at the Port of Southampton. This varied experience has provided me with a diverse range of subject matter from Margot Fonteyn’s ballet shoes to rusty boats.
I have been painting and showing my work nationally and internationally for over 20 years and work predominately in oil on canvas. I am also a qualified art teacher who has run painting workshops for Tate Britain, Heatherleys School of Art and currently teaches at Kingston University and privately in my studio on Eel Pie Island.
I welcome visitors, commissions and am currently seeking a new residency project.