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08
May
14

Lee Campbell Artist on Eel Pie Island – Visitors Welcome

Video of Artist on Eel Pie Island

 The above video was made for me by David Wood using a series of still images of my oil paintings with original music by Steven Parry of Dazzlesound Productions.

Visitors are welcome at the studio on Eel Pie Island where they can see a selection of original oil paintings or commission a bespoke piece for your home or business.

“I am happy to work from photos of your favourite places to create a customised piece of any size. A paintings can make a unique gift for someone special or to mark a special occasion such as wedding or anniversary gifts.”

To arrange a visit or send photos with size required for a free quote contact Lee:  info@leecampbell.co.uk

 Current and available work can be seen on http://www.leecampbell.co.uk

29th June 2016 Twitter Feed

‘I love Lee Campbell’s art – fantastic miniatures and I already own a couple! Highly recommended!’

Miniature Roses - Lee Campbell

Miniature Roses – Lee Campbell

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02
Feb
14

Feb ’14 – Valentines Day at BHS Kingston

BHS 14th Feb - Lee Campbell

BHS 14th Feb – Lee Campbell

I’ve managed to create a new series of paintings for my latest project – ‘MEET the ARTIST’ in one of the store windows of BHS in Kingston. 20% of the sales going to support ‘Love Kingston’ www.love-kingston.org.uk  

This is an exciting new campaign to raise vital funds for Kingston upon Thames’s communities: Kingston Savers, Kingston Legacy Fund, Kingston Foodbank, Action on Homelessness, Hestia  and Oxygen.

'Gold Heart' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Gold Heart’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

It’s been a busy time for me this year and despite the rain and flooding – See these great pics from the Huffington Post. They just missed me hopping over the stepping stone earlier – love the chap texting as he wades :

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/31/twickenham-flooded-thames_n_4703488.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Below are some of the new oil paintings that will be on display in the window – I will also be available to discuss COMMISSIONS – see  www.leecampbell.co.uk – Back Catalogue:

'Memories' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Memories’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

"Spirit' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

“Spirit’ oil on canvas
Lee Campbell

'Soft Heart' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Soft Heart’ oil on canvas
Lee Campbell

Also available – ART GIFT VOUCHERS – redeemable for ART LESSONS or ART WORK.

My evening WATER COLOUR CLASS  which begins 18th February at Kingston University is taking enrolments now:   Contact Nina Hunt – Head of Short Courses:   n.hunt@kingston.ac.uk

Mini Roses + Frame

Mini Roses + Frame

Mini Roses Gold oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Mini Roses Gold oil  Lee Campbell

Red & Gold oil Lee Campbell

Red & Gold oil Lee Campbell

If you ever needed a practical excuse to commission an original oil painting on canvas – this is it and to ascertain the exact size required – tape a sheet of newspaper to the wall and measure this – once I have the dimensions I can give you a quote:

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30
Sep
13

Winter ’13 Thames River Paintings

'Autumn Gold' - Lee Campbell oil on canvas

‘Autumn Gold’ – Lee Campbell oil on canvas

Light at the Edge Lee Campbell oil on canvas

Light at the Edge Lee Campbell oil on canvas

Gift Vouchers – these are redeemable for painting & drawing lessons, art work, commissions or creative coaching sessions.

Visit the studio on Eel Pie Island to view the latest collection of original oil paintings or to commission one from a photo of a special place. Using your reference and my imagination we can work together to design a bespoke painting that will be unique to you and your family. The painting below was designed in collaboration with the client to enhance the warm tones of their living room.

Private Commission 2012

Private Commission 2012

The above image will be available as a print next month from ‘Frames’ of Twickenham or from my studio.

So sad to see the council executing a row of lovely old chestnut trees along the Twickenham Embankment today to make room for the new development – R.I.P old friends.

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The destruction of the trees has inspired me to make a new series of romantic riverside paintings using colours that I haven’t previously. The second one shows the river bank during the November Thames draw off.

Old Twickenham - oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

Old Twickenham – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Low Tide Twickenham - Lee Campbell

Low Tide Twickenham – Lee Campbell

The colours were inspired by a still life painting using the last of the summer roses :

Pink & Gold oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Pink & Gold oil on canvas Lee Campbell

River Glow - Lee Campbell

River Glow – Lee Campbell

Winter Glow - Lee Campbell

Winter Glow – Lee Campbell

River Gold - Lee Campbell

River Gold – Lee Campbell

Twickenham Lights - Lee Campbell

Twickenham Lights – Lee Campbell

Petersham Blue and Gold - Lee Campbell

Petersham Blue and Gold – Lee Campbell

Christmas Studio Window

Christmas Window - Lee's Studio Eel Pie Island

Christmas Window – Lee’s Studio Eel Pie Island

Christmas Window - Lee's Studio Eel Pie Island

Christmas Window – Lee’s Studio Eel Pie Island

Have just completed some of the tiniest paintings I’ve ever done in oils -3 inches square:

Miniature oil painting 4" x 4" - Lee Campbell

Miniature oil painting 4″ x 4″ – Lee Campbell

Miniature Oil 4" x 4" Lee Campbell

Miniature Oil 4″ x 4″
Lee Campbell

05
Apr
13

Spooky Stuff and Cats

The painting below was done for the Eureka Magazine produced for the Kingston Chamber of Commerce by The Creative People. The painting is oil on paper 10″ x 14″ and available for sale . It is also available as a limited edition giclee print the same size.

Kingston Bridge - Lee Campbell

Kingston Bridge – Lee Campbell

 New perspectives:

Every year I produce 3 x tiny post card-sized paintings for the The Royal College’s ‘Secret Exhibition‘:http://home.secret.rca.ac.uk/ and this year was delighted to be contacted by someone who had queued to buy one of my paintings of roses. She had missed out as the queue was very long so requested that I make her a copy which I was delighted to do. The painting had actually been done with my left hand as I was still having trouble with the right, so it is a comfort to know that I have useful degree of dexterity in both.

RCA 'Secret' Roses-Lee Campbell

RCA ‘Secret’ Roses-Lee Campbell

FLIMMERN-GEISTS – Flicker Spirits

Shadow People or dark hooded figures that can only be see with your peripheral vision

The words “Flimmern” and “Geist” are Germanic in origin and translate as Flicker-Spirits or Flicker-Guides. This unexplained phenomenon was first described by the alchemist Jakob Bohme in the 16th Century as the ability to see shadowy figures out of the corner of your eye. Generally, these beings flicker in-and-out of a person’s peripheral vision and appear to be humanoid, dark and agile. The truth is that almost every person alive has at some time seen a fast moving shadow just at the edge of their vision and turned to look but seen nothing more. These observations are most often accompanied by shivers, chills and a sensation that something odd has happened. Scientists are quick to suggest that this phenomenon is just a “trick of the eyes” but fail to explain both how and why. Some explainable scientific phenomena: matadornetwork.com/bnt/60-insane-cloud-formations-from-around-the-world-pics/ Halos – http://www.atoptics.co.uk/opod.htm

Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre

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It is possible that these unexplained apparitions are just the hallucinations of the brain as it tries to decipher the edge of visual perception but others believe that it is in this marginal zone that the eye and the mind is able to perceive another more paranormal dimension. These Flickering Spirits are often described as being cloaked but those that have trained themselves to observe this phenomenon simply describe a blurred outline that can easily be mistaken for dark clothing. According to late 16th century culture and superstition, these Flimmern-Geists were largely associated with death. They may well have given rise to the popular image of the “Grim Reaper” the personification of Death – a dark hooded figure that flickered in-and-out of a person’s vision shortly before they died. There is a current school of occult thought that proposes that these “Flicker-Ghosts” are somehow the guides that lead a person’s soul to the afterlife. The reality is that nobody really knows why or how individuals see these things but there is no doubt that many millions do. In fact, so many humans see them that they treat them as just-one-of those-things that, you know, just happen.

Presence - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Presence – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Can objects contain ‘spirits’ I wonder? The Japanese have a wide variety of ghosts including those who inhabit objects such as ships. The above painting holds multiple meanings for me and a positive and guarding energy normally emanates from it but on one occasion it was the source of a ‘flicker – spirit’ which caused a visitor’s dog to leap up and run after it. My current series of work has involved issues of absence and perceived presences:

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Haiku - oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

Haiku – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

What does a ghost look like ?? Each culture has it’s own concept of what a ghost looks like and it’s interesting to note that the image of the floating white/grey figure as a ghost has only existed in British culture since Victorian times along with seances and ectoplasm.

Hammersmith Ghost 1804

Hammersmith Ghost 1804

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ghost-of-kanada-koheiji Japanese Ghosts All 3 images represent Japanese Ghosts and I wonder which of these my readers feel to be the most representative to their own personal idea of a ‘ghost’?

 

 

 

http://www.markoftheparanormal.com/articles/files/Download/japaneseghostsandspirits.pdf To read more on this subject see

Finally – CATS!!

Charla White: charla@theshadowlands.net One for cat lovers:

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/2/

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2013/01/220113-sneaky-cat-parasite-takes-over-human-brains-science/

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27
Sep
12

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

NEW WEB SITE – http://www.leecampbell.co.uk

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.

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/f/grape_raisin.htm

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: http://www.facebook.com/pages/twickerati/125429094134238

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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 : http://twickerati.wordpress.com/

TwickenhamMuseum:www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.asp?ContentID=213

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Trolley bus to Twickenham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iySshjjujog

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.
 

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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.

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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.