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Lee Campbell – Summer oil paintings & reductions on older work

Display of original framed oil paintings and limited edition prints of local scenes in ‘Frames of Twickenham’ from 13th August

Creative Arts Twickenham  Contact Alison Callen Tel: 07909 994594

I am teaching a watercolour class at the lovely ETNA center in East Twickenham every Wednesday.

Each 3 hour session includes an element of drawing, art history and technical skills in a friendly and creative atmosphere with time for free expression.

Article describing the influences from my residency at NPL published by the Architecture Platform 9th July 2018


Lovely tribute to much missed Trevor Bayliss on the gate opp. my studio by Barry & Twig


Working with the website, Singulart – based in France They have sold ‘Pacific Reef’.  and have posted an interview with me on their website:

Current Work

‘Golden Pond’ oil on canvas 28″ x 39″ – Lee Campbell
‘Pacific Reef’   32″ x 47″ Oil on block canvas – Lee Campbell -SOLD

‘Coral Reef’ 32″ x 47″  oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Roi Soliel II’ 80cm x 80cm oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Cretaceous’         oil on canvas                  130cm x 130cm         –       Lee Campbell

‘Strata’  oil on canvas                  30″ x 40″      – Lee Campbell

‘Epiphany’ oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

‘Highland Loch’ 20″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

The following paintings are a new series of small oil paintings which is available form the Bute Gallery:

These are 12″ x 12″ square oil on block canvas paintings of Rothesay Bay, Isle of Bute – the image continues around the edges

                                                 ‘September’ – Lee Campbell

                                                 ‘October’ – Lee Campbell

                                               ‘November’ – Lee Campbell

The following are smaller oil on block canvas measuring 8″ x 8″ showing scenes of the Isle of Bute :

                                               ‘Old Jetty’ – Lee Campbell

                                              ‘Homeward’ – Lee Campbell

                                              ‘Jetty’ – Lee Campbell

                                                ‘Harvest Moon’ – Lee Campbell

‘Pacific Gold’ oil on canvas 70cm x 70cm – Lee Campbell

‘Red Sails’ – Thames Barge Oil on canvas – Lee Campbell SOLD

‘Sanctuary’ 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

‘From the Bridge – Richmond’ 28″ x 39″ – Lee Campbell

‘Daffodils’ oil on canvas 31.5″ x 12″ – Lee Campbell

”Soft Light’ 32″ x 12″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Still Life’ oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

‘Allegory’ oil on canvas 12″ x 12″ – Lee Campbell

‘Twickenham Summer’ 12″ x 12″ oil on paper – Lee Campbell

Available as a print from ‘Frames of Twickenham’‘ Naked Ladies’ 15″ x 17″ oil on paper – Lee Campbell

‘The White Swan’ Twickenham, 14″ x 14″ oil on paper – Lee Campbell

Both of the above are available as prints from ‘Frames of Twickenham’

At work on Pacific Reef – photo by Annie Pitcher



Spring “17 New Paintings of Twickenham & Richmond

Following the exhibition at the Baxter Gallery I have concentrated on making a series of river paintings based on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham Riverside and Richmond Bridge – these range in size from miniatures 4″ x 6″ to medium sized oil on canvas 28″ x 20″.

All are currently available form my studio on Eel pie Island.

‘Twickenham Embankment’ oil on canvas 16″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Sunset’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘River Mist’ oil on canvas 20″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

‘Sunset from Richmond Bridge’ – Lee Campbell

‘Pastel Sunrise’ oil on canvas – 20″ x 28″ – Lee Campbell

‘Eel Pie Sunrise’ oil on canvas  18″ x 24″ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Dusk’ Oil on canvas  18″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

‘Eel Pie Island’ oil on canvas 16″ x 22″ –  Lee Campbell

                                            ‘Eel Pie Sunrise’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Bridge’ oil on paper 4″ x 6″ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Pink’ oil on paper 6″ x 4″ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Dusk’ oil on paper 6″ x 4″ – Lee Campbell

‘Eel Pie Glow’ oil on canvas 16″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

‘River Mist’ oil on canvas 32″ x 12″ – Lee Campbell

‘St Mary’s Church’ oil on paper 4″ x 6″ – Lee Campbell

‘Rainbow Sky Petersham’ Oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

                               ‘Quiet Place’ oil on canvas 130cm x 80cm  – Lee Campbell

Latest project:

Large 3 panel screen 150cm x 150cm Oil on canvas

Detail of screen:

50% Discount off older work – Commissions welcome

Link to article in SW Londoner from summer Open Studios 2016 referring to Brexit:


Spring 2015 News and Artwork

This spring I had a large painting in the new exhibition at Orleans House Gallery too and was delighted to see that it was selected for the invitation. Richmond Views - Orleans House Gallery

‘Tribute to Turner’ was a large private commission and a real joy to work on.

Tribute to Turner - oil on canvas 5' x 3' Lee Campbell

‘Tribute to Turner’ – oil on canvas 3′ x 5 ‘ Lee Campbell

'Passion' oil on canvas 180cm x 50cm Lee Campbell

‘Passion’ oil on canvas 180cm x 50cm Lee Campbell

The above piece was commissioned by Art District in Amsterdam and will be part of their collection in the new year. This time of year I like to have a ‘warm’ painting in the studio.

Latest oil paintings of Twickenham and Richmond Park

'Snowy Thames' - Lee Campbell

‘Snowy Thames’ – Lee Campbell

'Thames Mist' Lee Campbell

‘Thames Mist’ Lee Campbell

'Richmond Moon' Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Moon’ Lee Campbell

'Forest Glow' - Lee Campbell

‘Forest Glow’ – Lee Campbell

'Furze' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Furze’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell


Commissions Welcome

I am happy to work from your photos of landscapes or architecture and can give a quote once I know the required size. A good way to be sure of this is to tape a piece of paper to your wall in the  space where the painting is needed. Once agreed I ask for a 50% deposit and the balance is paid when completed.

Tubular Turner

Inspired by the wonderful ‘Mr Turner’ I’ve completed another ‘tubular painting’ this time a copy of ‘The Fighting Temeraire’. It’s 80cm x 15cm diam.

Turner Tube 1

Turner Tube 2

‘Tubular Turner’ oil on canvas on a cardboard tube – Lee Campbell

Port of Southampton’s Resident Artist

Panoply is a compilation of images from the town and port collated into a single image. All the components actually exist but the scale and perspectives have been manipulated to create an image which reflects my experience.

'Panoply' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Panoply’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

'Solent Blues' - Lee Campbell

‘Solent Blues’ – Lee Campbell

Old Glory

‘Silhouette’ – Lee Campbell

Southampton Gold - Lee Campbell

‘Southampton Gold’ – Lee Campbell

The Port Southampton - Lee Campbell

‘The Port Southampton’ – Lee Campbell

Earlier this month I was employed by ABP (Assoc. British Ports) as the resident artist for Southampton where I have been making a series of oil on paper sketches of the various aspects of this very diverse environment. The town itself has some historic buildings and a city wall which looks out towards all the industrial activity happening around the port. When the large cruise liners dock they tower over the edges of the town dwarfing the daily activity below. There are also yachts, tugs, container ships, car ferries to the Isle of Wight, and next month some sailing ships will be in the port – quite a challenging subject I think,  which could keep me happily occupied for a very long time. However, as it the 50th anniversary of Southampton being decreed a city there are many activities planned including an exhibition of my work in the Ocean Terminal in November.

ABP News:

I initially concentrated on the links and commonality between the town and the port with more than a touch of my own ‘romantic’ aesthetic instilled into the mix.

Residency Update

The work was exhibited at the Sea Museum in January earlier this year:

Lee Campbell Sea World Exhibition

Lee Campbell Sea World Exhibition

Home to Roost - Lee Campbell

Home to Roost – Lee Campbell

Old & New - Lee Campbell

‘Town Quay’ – Lee Campbell

'Sunset' - Lee Campbell

‘Sunset’ – Lee Campbell


'First Light '- Lee Campbell

‘First Light ‘- Lee Campbell


‘Resting’ – Lee Campbell

Was looking around the studio for inspiration when I spotted some cardboard tubes which made me think of ship’s funnels. One of those lovely connections that led to this:

'Tubular Boats' - Lee Campbell

‘Tubular Boats’ – Lee Campbell

'STS Tenacious' - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘STS Tenacious’ – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

The other exciting news this month is that Art District, the Dutch Gallery who have commissioned a series of large oil paintings  have sold one and have interest in several others.

These are amongst some of the largest work I have done to date:

'Renaissance' - Lee Campbell Art District Holland

Renaissance’ – Lee Campbell 120cm x 120cm Art District Holland


'Alpine Mist' - Lee Campbell Art District, Holland

‘Alpine Mist’ – Lee Campbell
Art District, Holland


'Xanadu' - Lee Campbell Art District Amsterdam

‘Xanadu’ – Lee Campbell
100cm x 190cm Art District Amsterdam


'Salvation' - Lee Campbell 180cm x 50cm Art District Amsterdam

‘Salvation’ – Lee Campbell
180cm x 50cm
Art District Amsterdam


Kaspar and Clouds

Cloudscape -  Lee Campbell

Cloudscape – Lee Campbell

The Dreaming - Lee Campbell

The Dreaming – Lee Campbell

Clouds – nephology or cloud physics

For the last 20 years I have been painting clouds – and can’t be sure exactly why.  I often look to create a timeless quality in my paintings and clouds seem to be one of those timeless things, constantly fluctuating and affecting everything from our mood to our climate. They can be dark and toxic or as light and lacy as white angels with as many shapes as we can possibly imagine. The essentials of the modern nomenclature system for tropospheric clouds (those forming in the lowest major layer of the atmosphere) were proposed by Luke Howard a British manufacturing chemist and an amateur meteorologist with broad interests in science, in an 1802 presentation to the Askesian Society. Since 1890, clouds have been classified and illustrated in cloud atlases with most cloud genera divided into species, varieties, or both, based on specific physical characteristics of the clouds. This was the beginning of a study that allowed artists to understand the basic structures of clouds and since then they have used them in a variety of spectacular ways:  Berndnaut Smilde creating actual clouds.

In painting, clouds make a flexible pictorial device which can be employed to create perspective or suggest wind movement and when naturalism is no longer an issue the clouds can be any colour or shape that the artist can imagine. My personal favourite naturalistic cloud painting is by Vermeer:

View of Delft - Vermeer

View of Delft – Vermeer

Can you identify these painted clouds?

Test your knowledge  on this site:

Some amazing cloud phenomena:

Some of the more fantastic examples can be seen on this site:

See video of Gavin Preton-Pinney’s delightful lecture on the Joy of Clouds:

Sky details from my paintings

Clouds 1 - Lee Campbell

Clouds 1 – Lee Campbell

Cloud 5 - Lee Campbell

Cloud 5 – Lee Campbell

Cloud 6 - Lee Campbell

Cloud 6 – Lee Campbell

Cloud 3 - Lee Campbell

Cloud 3 – Lee Campbell

cloud 9 - Lee Campbell

Cloud 9 – Lee Campbell

Blue & Gold oil on canvas Lee Campbell 2014

Blue & Gold oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Happy to see that The Savoy is continuing to inspire artists:



I had been commissioned to make paintings of The Savoy during the re fit for The Byrne Bros and this included a large painting encompassing details from the Savoy including the lovely cat Kaspar – see detail below:

Kaspar - detail from painting of The Savoy by Lee Campbell

Kaspar – detail from painting of The Savoy by Lee Campbell



Feb. 2013 News

 2013 News

Tribute - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Tribute – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

February News

Where Angels Dance -Lee Campbell

Where Angels Dance –
Lee Campbell


My old site had ‘expired’ so I was forced to either employ a designer or have a go myself – so with much technical help by Steve –  we managed to put a new site together last weekend. It’s fairly basic and we’ve had to sacrifice the video but I think it does the job.

 Raisin Hell – Grape and Rasin Toxicity in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can be killed by eating grapes and the dried fruit derived from them??

Well, fortunately we did – but were unable to communicate this to Holly (our Saluki). On one of the rare occasions that she was left alone she decided to punish us by eating a whole malt loaf (with raisins)- she had ignored the dog treats on the bench.
We rushed her to an emergency vet where she was made to vomit and spend 48 hours on a drip. Happily she survived and is safely back at home – she treated the experience as something akin to a detox weekend at a health spa thanks to to 2 lovely Belgian vets (both called Julien) and the nurses who made a huge fuss of her. Not an experience I would like to repeat though.

Eel Pie Open StudiosDec 2012

Eel Pie Open Studios
Dec 2012

Thanks to all the visitors (and organisers) who braved the cold to make the Open Studio show the best ever! Thanks also for the ‘Twickerati’ for his photo and excellent Twickenham blog:

Mailing List

If you would like to be invited to future exhibitions and events on Eel Pie Island please contact me.

News – Nov

Delighted to see one of my older paintings on the cover of the Times Literary Supplement in November. The rights were purchased from The Bridgeman Art Library:

"Quiet Place' - Lee Campbell

‘Quiet Place’ – Lee campbell

This autumn I returned to an old theme – Battersea Power station seen from the Pimlico Embankment, but this time in a misty damp evening light – a view I remember well from living in Dolphin Square in the 1990’s and cycling up to Grosvenor Dock along the Embankment. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was the architect who designed both the iconic phone boxes and Battersea Power Station.

‘Thames Embankment’  Lee Campbell

‘Eternal’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Beyond’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

New Series

 When I was at the Royal Ballet School last year I was enchanted by the patterns the dancer’s feet made on the polished studio floors. The layers of texture was made even more mysterious by the daylight piercing the darkened interiors and creating reflective pools of light – I photographed it at the time but only recently made the connection between these textured layers and the tissue collages that I make:

'Ghost Dancer' collage - Lee Campbell

‘Ghost Dancer’ collage – Lee Campbell

Mixed media collage - Lee Campbell

Mixed media collage – Lee Campbell

I began the new series by doing several small oil paintings based on the photos:

Traces series - Lee Campbell

Traces series – Lee Campbell

These were followed by a larger piece which sets the ‘traces’ within defined cylinders:

Triadic Optics - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Triadic Optics – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

This image links in turn to an earlier body of work entitled ‘Rothko with Altitude’ Rothko-inspired abstracts with an upper band of skyscapes and will hopefully lead to more work along these lines.

Meanwhile, I wanted to bring some light and colour into the winter studio so painted these pieces:

Nasturtiums - Lee Campbell
Nasturtiums – Lee Campbell

Always good to have some ‘warm’ paintings to liven up the studio on these chilly days so I’v been using the last of the nasturtiums in the canoe garden outside my studio as subjects. They’ll be gone with the first frost.

Studio Eel Pie Island

   Commissions Welcome

If you have a photo of a special place that you would like translated into a painting email the image and the dimensions and I will send you quote. I also have a staggered payment plan with the final payment made when the painting is delivered

Student visit

Last year Laura Tosh visited my studio as part of a uni project photographing people on the island in their place of work and took the following shots – a real snapshot in time : 

Holly ‘the muse hound’ continues to provide good company and a presence obvious only by the occasional snoring from the corner of the studio. Many visitors are unaware she is even there until she rises to stretch – perfect studio dog.

Appreciating the History of Twickenham

With thanks to our great local blogger Twickerati :



Trolley bus to Twickenham

Eel Pie Island’s early history 

The island was previously known as Twickenham Ait, and before this, in the Churchwardens’ Accounts for 1608, the Parish Ayte, reflecting the ownership. In earlier times it was actually in three parts and Jean Rocque’s map of 1741 shows two parts.
It has been claimed that the island was once connected to the Twickenham bank by a pre-historic causeway. Mesolithic/Neolithic artefacts: flints, horn implements, axes and hammers have been found in the river bed and on the island.
It seems to have been a place for recreation as early as the beginning of the 17th century. Moses Glover’s map of 1635 notes a plot of land as “hath bin A Boulding Alley”. Only accessible by boat it still supported a public house first named The Ship, later The White Cross, during the 18th century. Henry Horne (1724-1814) is noted as the licensee of the White Cross in the Ayte for a number of recorded years between 1780 and 1795. In 1781 Mary Horne was the named licensee and in 1801 Elizabeth Horne owned the licence in company with William Fielder. The earliest mention of a public house of this name is in 1775 although there was, in 1737 one called Ship in the Ayte. No doubt this hostelry catered for passing river trade as much as the local population.


Samuel Lewis’s map of 1784 shows the inn in the centre of the Ait inscribed “Mr Horn”. Henry Horne was also a waterman: in 1788 he took the lease of the from Lord Dysart, renewing this until 1803, for the last time.
The White Cross was replaced with a much larger establishment in 1830 and the island became a popular resort for visitors and boating parties, some brought by steamer. A watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson gives a flavour of leisure: various boats coming and going and visitors enjoying alfresco refreshment beneath the trees. The eel pies served were famous and led to the renaming of the island although with increased pollution the eel population declined and pies are no longer made.


The larger establishment took the name Eel Pie Hotel and the contribution which this establishment made to the development of British Pop music is legendary. It closed and was burnt down in 1971 while being demolished.Twickenham Rowing Club was founded in 1860 under the presidency of the Duc d’Aumale (1822-1897) then living at Orleans House and in 1880 built its headquarters on the island. Like Twickenham Ferry and, later, Hammerton’s Ferry it acquired a celebratory piece of music. Composed by W Vincent Wallace, The Oarsman’s March was scored for solo piano and dedicated to the Twickenham Rowing Club. Published by Robert Cocks & Co it was apparently published while ‘his Imperial Majesty the Emperor Napoleon III’ was still on the throne. 
In 1889 there was a proposal to establish an open air swimming pool at the upstream (southern) end of the island together with a bridge for access. Today, the island is now largely residential but sustains a boat-building and artist and craft workshop community. It also boasts a small bird sanctuary at its southern end. It remains connected to the mainland by a new bridge, though comfortably detached from the hurly-burly of Twickenham, for its residents.


The Shard & The Savoy – Byrne Bros Project

Last autumn I began a collaboration with Michelle Tilley, Health and Safety Executive of The Byrne Group to produce a body of work based on two of their current projects – one being the state of the art Shard at London Bridge and by way of contrast – the refurbishment of the much loved old Savoy Hotel on The Strand. This project is almost completed now so time to reflect and share some of the artwork produced exclusively for their head office in Teddington.  Due to the nature of the on going work it was impossible to do more on both sites other than take photos and make notes, but as with most of my work a degree of imagination becomes an enormous asset in these circumstances.

The Savoy

Working from photos taken during site visits I produced oil on paper sketches and charcoal studies of each of the sites.

‘Ballroom’ Savoy study Lee Campbell

I was fortunate to be able to visit The Savoy just before the furniture was installed and to see the completed interior beautifully lit and this formed the basis for the completed 4′ x 4′ oil painting that resulted. Using details from the interior and gold figure who stands majestically above The Strand entrance, I designed a composition which I hoped would capture the sense of history and the unique mood created by the presence of so many notorious guests and staff. The variety of different styles proved a challenge – how to incorporate the elaborate decoration of the ballroom with the stylish deco chrome pillars and leopard skin patterned carpet with gothic glamour. I have, of course also included the mysterious ‘white lady’ who has been seen disappearing into walls as recently as last year by the security men.

Study for Savoy – Lee Campbell

I also included Kaspar the shiny black cat in the lower right hand corner  – the story goes that in 1898 a South African diamond magnate by the name of Woolf Joel was visiting London and held a banquet at the famous Savoy before returning home. At the last minute one of his guests had to cancel, leaving thirteen to sit at table, which one guest said was unlucky. After a successful dinner, Joel said his goodbyes and rose to leave; the same guest then said that the first person to leave would also be unlucky and would be the first to die. Joel was not superstitious and thought this remark very amusing — but a few weeks later he was shot dead in his Johannesburg office.


For some years after those events, anxious not to have a similar incident that could damage their reputation, the Savoy provided a member of the hotel staff to sit at tables of thirteen, to avoid the unlucky number, but that idea proved unpopular with guests wanting to talk about personal or private matters; so in 1926 a new solution was found. A British architect and sculptor called Basil Ionides was commissioned to design and carve a three-foot-high model of a black cat, which he produced from a single piece of London plane.

Kaspar in his display case at the Savoy Kaspar awaits a party of diners Named Kaspar, the cat now resides in his own display case in the entrance hall at the hotel, but whenever a party of thirteen requires an extra guest he is brought out to sit at table. He has a napkin tied around his neck and is served every course, just like any other guest. Winston Churchill became very fond of Kaspar, to the extent that he insisted the cat should be present at every meeting of The Other Club, a political dining club he had founded in 1911, and so Kaspar has been at all the fortnightly meetings — always held at the Savoy — since 1927.

During World War 2 Kaspar was catnapped by some mischievous Royal Air Force personnel and flown to Singapore, only to have Churchill himself demand its immediate return!

There are two theories as to the origin of the number thirteen being unlucky. One derives from Norse mythology, in which twelve Gods sat down to a banquet in Valhalla. The evil spirit Loki gate crashed the party as thirteenth member of the party and killed the Gods’ favourite, Balder. Thirteen also has significance to Christians, as there were thirteen people at the Last Supper, and the traitor Judas Iscariot was the thirteenth and last to arrive. As to why a cat — the animals have held an important role in mythology and superstition over the centuries, and black cats in particular are considered by many cultures to be lucky.

The refurbishment began in 2007 and over 1000 craftsmen, artists and builders had been involved in the £100 million re-fit. The whole neo-renaissance limestone facade had to be moved forward by hydraulics 0.75cm – a very complex feat of engineering. The original Edwardian style had previously been updated in the 1930s and these current sumptuous theatrical interior designs are by Pierre Yves Rochon. I was shown the sealed room No 878 where a murder had once been committed and told of the many famous guests who had graced this hotel with their presence; Monet and Whistler (a huge hero of mine) had both painted the splendid view of Thames from the hotels windows, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Marylin Munro and Richard Harris. I was very gratful to my delightful guide Stuart Harvey, The  Project Manager, who explained that the company enforced strict rules about good behaviour and to facillitate this ran an education programme for the 800 strong workforce. A very impressive opperation.

The completed large oil painting took many months and had many transitions before reaching the final composition:

First study – Savoy – Lee Campbell

Second study -Savoy – Lee Campbell

The Savoy – oil on canvas 48″ x 48″ – Lee Campbell 2011

For additional information see:

Gilt trip: Refurbishing the Savoy hotel 8.10. 2010 – Thomas Lane

The refurbished Savoy hotel looks a million dollars – which is just as well because it cost more than £200m to do up. Happily nobody was to blame for the cost and time overruns – except possibly the owner’s insatiably lavish tastes- see images:

For a comprehensive history of the Savoy: Wikipedia:

The Shard

Renzo Piano, the building’s architect, worked together with architectural firm Broadway Malyan during the planning stage of the project. Funder by Qatar the tower will stand 1,017 ft (310 m) tall and have 72 floors, plus 15 further radiator floors in the roof. The building has been designed with an irregular triangular shape from the base to the top. It will be clad entirely in glass. The viewing gallery and open-air observation deck will be on the top (72nd) floor.

Keiren Long of the Evening Standard  has written a piece examining the impact that the Shard will have on the area:

Andy Bowden – crane operator has also written a piece about the experience of being at the top of his game://

When I first visited the site last year I wrote a blog about the experience of going up the side of the building to a considerable height in a wire cage and The Shard is now almost finished. In fact it is clearly visible from Richmond Park, the Thames at Hammersmith and probably from most of London. It is already truly magnificent! So what a challenge to complete a painting of an incomplete building. It seemed right to show the exposed core while simultaneously showing how the glass membrane will look. when completed on one side. Because the painting is being commissioned by the people building it, I also decided to use the main construction materials to represent the two Byrne brothers – one who specialises in steel and the other in concrete.

The textures that occur on the pillars of concrete are truly lovely and it seemed such a shame to render then with a smooth concrete over layer. The patterns on the raw steel are equally fascinating golden textures which occur as the metal oxidises.

Charcoal studies – The Shard – Lee Campbell

Oil study – Shard – Lee Campbell

Top Floor – oil study Shard – Lee CampbellGround Floor – Shard -Lee Campbell

Below – Shard oil study – Lee Campbell

The Shard oil on canvas 48″ x 48″ – Lee Campbell 2011

Finding a go


Christchurch Earthquakes – 22 Feb ’13

Update Feb ’13

Flowers placed in traffic cones to commemorate the earthquakes Sadly the quakes still continue and not just tremors – a moderate one was felt last week. Daily update can be seen of the following sites:

Several hundred people gathered for a memorial service in Latimer Square, near where 115 died when a six-story office building collapsed during the magnitude-6.1 quake. Others placed flowers in road cones or tossed them into the Avon River to commemorate those who died.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister John Key focused on rebuilding efforts.

He said he understands there’s frustration at the time it’s taking to get homes rebuilt, but that in a few years, Christchurch will be “one of the best and most livable cities in the world.”

People around New Zealand observed two minutes’ silence at 12:51 p.m., the time the quake struck.

For older news of ‘Mount Doom’ eruption see: Shocks Continue     Updated  August 2012 August 5th

Christchurch has been rattled by a 4.8-magnitude quake this evening. The quake, centred 20 kilometres east of the city, struck at 5.06pm and was 8km deep. It follows a 4.1 quake this morning, which was centred 20km west of the city, was 10km deep and struck at 9.35am.

After all this time there are still regular aftershocks see this site for daily updates:

Update 20th Feb ’12–  9,988 and counting

Bev tells me that they are  ‘still having earthquakes …we are up to 9,988 now and that was a couple of weeks ago so be more than that now. Just when you think they are slowing down to go away then we get another around 4.3 -4.5 just to let us know that mother nature hasn’t finished with us yet I feel that we will still get another bit one around the 7 mark yet before it is finished …forever hope not but it is in the back of my mind all the time.’

 23 August ’11 Heritage Buildings no longer insured

High-profile Christchurch heritage buildings damaged in the earthquakes are no longer insured. Insurance cover has been cancelled for the Arts Centre and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament after major claims lodged following the February quake. The claims already lodged will be honoured, but the buildings will not be covered for any damage from a future quake.

Arts Centre director Ken Franklin said he was “extremely concerned about the risk future earthquakes pose for the Arts Centre”.

Cathedral leaders were less concerned, saying further damage from any future quakes would not dramatically increase the repair costs they have already claimed for.

The Arts Centre was badly damaged in the February quake, with nearly every building in need of extensive repair, while most of the Catholic cathedral in Barbadoes St will have to be deconstructed.

20th May

News from Bev working for The Star in a porta cabin in Hagley Park:

‘we get around 6- 8 (aftershocks) each day and have just had a good one 5.3, which they are calling another one for claims as it did quite a bit of damage. Just yesterday we got a 4.7 which lasted for 4 minutes … the buggers are still here!’

Pictures from The Red Zone City Centre – 30th March

Provincial Chambers

Cashel St Mall Area

Colombo St (between Lichfield & Tuam)

Manchester-Gloucester -SW corner

Manchester St – Lichfield St NW cnr

Montreal St-Kilmore St old Normal School

Old Metro Cinema – Worcester St

Stonehurst – Gloucester St

Kenton Chambers – Hereford St

In Ruins

Christchurch Memorial Service Westminster Abbey 27th March

Not being a church goer it was truly memorable experience to find oneself in such a historic building with 2000 people, mostly ex pats like myself. Hearing the Maori language, hymns, prayers, singing the NZ national anthem – seeing Prince Charles laying a wreath, and when Haley Westenra – the young opera singer broke down while trying to read her thoughtful testimony – it was all many of us could do not to collapse in floods of tears. The complex organisation and security arrangements went like clockwork and were no doubt a good rehearsal for the royal wedding to be held there next month.

It will take quite some time to process the variety of emotions that the experience left me with. On the train home we shared the carriage with many NZers on their way to Twickenham to the rugby game with a Sth African team which had been due to be played in Christchurch but was re located here.

Update from Christchurch 6th March

From Bev who is very happy to be alive:

‘Go to and you can see our building as well as the papers we are putting out …

I am back at work and we are in a porta shed on the side of the road. It never lets up really as still having big after shocks and a lot are around 4.6 -4.8ish so makes you wonder if it is going to be another big one – they reckon we are going to get a big one – around 5 at least, every month for around 6-7 months and also in that time another 6 so guess just have to ride it out.’

This link is from the 2nd March here in London  at Westminster Cathedral:–A-Christchurch-remembrance-in-London

For aftershock updates see:

I’ve never felt so proud to be from there, what amazing people! In the midst of all the Middle East upheavals the tiny city of Christchurch lies in ruins with over 300 people confirmed dead or missing and the NZ’ers living here  organised  this beautiful tribute.



Arts Center Christchurch

Christchurch was the hub of our community – the very core of our heritage and although it is many years since I lived there, my most poignant younger memories centre around  Christchurch Cathedral – running up the spire with my father as a tiny child, my first hamburger from the bar beside it and picnics on the river Avon’s grassy banks and the wonders of the museum. Poring over the cabinets of butterflies and bugs, gazing in wonder at the huge dinosaur skeleton and being enchanted by the Victorian shops and coaches.

My grandparents (William and Maud Turnbull) lived in Sydenham and my mother had won a scholarship to attend the Christchurch School of Art – now the Arts Centre, and also badly damaged in the earthquake – until she was forced to go out to work by the depression. She spoke of watching the soldiers march in silence through the Bridge of Remembrance on their way to war as women threw flowers. Her father had fought in the Middle East in  a cavalry unit in WW1. She also witnessed the horrific fire at Ballentines from the window of Beaths opposite, where she worked as a tailor.

My father’s family, the Armstrongs, were among the first settlers in Christchurch moving there from Newport Pagnall with a family of 10, in the 1800’s – my grandmother being the only one to be born in NZ. They owned property called Willow Nook on the banks of the Avon.

The Yardbirds

As a teen my friends and I would pile into Bruce’s old Humber and drive the 50 miles up from Ashburton to a sweaty, smoky underground disco dive to hear Hendrix played with strobe lights flashing – so decadent it seemed to us in the 60’s. Eating at the Coffee Pot on New Regent St was the height of luxury and toasted sandwiches and hot chocolate at the Albatross Coffee Bar – all within sight of the lovely old Cathedral. We also saw live bands such as The Yardbirds, The Beach Boys, The Animals and Roy Orbison who also  played in Christchurch helping to ease the isolation and bring us closer to swinging London.

Weaving by Vivienne Mountfort

Vivienne Mountfort

On a visit back ‘home’ in the 1980’s proudly seeing my cousin Vivienne Mountfort’s exhibition at the Art Gallery in the Botanical Gardens – a tiny 80 year old fibre artist  who did huge weavings including one of the Edmonds ‘Sure to Rise’ baking powder factory, with famous women ‘s faces in each window.

Could this be taken as an inspiration for the future of Christchurch?

Will they re-build? It seems that a third of the buildings in the city center will have to be demolished as they are so badly damaged and apparently the liquifaction oozing up from the ground and doing so much damage is due to the water table being close to the surface – Christchurch was build on a drained swamp. My dear friend Bev, who works for the Christchurch Star sheltered under her office desk and survived but was badly shaken and had to wade through this muddy ooze to get to her car. Her daughter Carmen was bruised by bricks falling on  her and still the aftershocks continue. How are people managing to sleep I wonder? After the first quake people had begun rebuilding but I fear that many will not have the heart to rebuild again.

So what does it all mean to the community? Christchurch had never had an earthquake before although most of us would remember the Inangahua earthquake in 1968 which we felt even though the epicentre was on the West Coast. My uncle Arthur Turnbull,  was the notorious owner of the pub there which took a bit of a battering but everyone survived that one.

Lunch time in The Square

Did Christchurch’s official Wizard survive? Yes, but apparently he plans to return to Australia where he will no doubt be unwelcome by those who remember him as Ian Brackenbury Channell, a right wing activist who fled from 1970’s Melbourne after death threats from the lefties and reinvented himself as a wizard entertaining the lunch time crowds with his pro royalist rants.


This has also been the week in which I celebrated my 60th birthday and saw myself on ITV’s House Gift  so its been a real roller coaster of emotions. FAME

Twickenham Rowing Club – Lee Campbell Prints from Frames of Twickenham

Last summer an ITV film crew shot some footage in my studio and around Eel Pie Island and it finally made it onto the telle this week- 22nd Feb. 2013 All good fun and Gillian said some very nice things.

Eel Pie Dawn – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Eel Pie Bridge – Oil on canvas -Lee Campbell