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Eel Pie Artists Winter Open Studio W/end 10-11 Dec 2016


Danse pour Deux‘Danse por Deux’ oil on canvas 24″ x 36″ -Lee Campbell

'Reve Rousse' oil on canvas - LeeCampbell

‘Reve Rousse’ oil on canvas 24″ x 36″ – Lee Campbell

'Rhapsody' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Rhapsody’ oil on canvas 70cm x 140cm Lee Campbell

'Celestial' oil on canvas 70cm x 100cm - Lee Campbell

‘Celestial’ oil on canvas 70cm x 100cm – Lee Campbell

Sylvan Gold 35" x 35" oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Sylvan Gold  35″ x 35″ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Dreaming Pool - Lee Campbell

Dreaming Pool – 2 x panels 50cm x 81cm – Lee Campbell

dscf6161 A pair of oil on canvas paintings based on images of oxidation with rust ‘cherries’ – 70cm x 70cm x 2 – Lee Campbell.

Below – Paintings produced to celebrate the Hogarth Press and Virginia Wolf Exhibition at Orleans House Gallery. Historic interiors are a subject I relish exploring and these rooms are loaded with atmosphere and multiple light sources. Monk’s House in Lewes and was a former home of Leonard and Virginia Wolf and is now owned by the National Trust.

'Monks House II' - oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

‘Monk’s House II’ – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

'Monks House I' oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

‘Monk’s House I’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Oil on paper paintings – with mounts ready to frame.       For sizes and prices see :

'Dawn' oil on paper - Lee Campbell

‘Sunrise’ oil on paper – Lee Campbell

'Winter Gold' - Lee Campbell

‘Winter Gold’ – Lee Campbell

'Heron at Dusk'

‘Heron at Dusk’ – oil on paper Lee Campbell

'Jetty in Mist' oil on paper - Lee Campbell

‘Jetty in Mist’ oil on paper – Lee Campbell

'Richmond Bridge'

‘Richmond Bridge’ – oil on paper – Lee Campbell

'Eel Pie Dawn' oil on paper Lee Campbell

‘Eel Pie Dawn’ oil on paper Lee Campbell

'Autumnal' oil on paper Lee Campbell

‘Autumnal’ oil on paper Lee Campbell

'Mysteryscape' oil on paper Lee Campbell

‘Mysteryscape’ oil on paper Lee Campbell

New work on canvas:

'Richmond December' - Lee Campbell

‘Richmond December’ – Lee Campbell

Petersham Sunset oil on canvas 18" x 22"

Petersham Sunset oil on canvas 18″ x 22″- Lee Campbell

'Richmond Bridge' oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Bridge’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Richmond Sunrise - Lee Campbell

Richmond Sunrise – Lee Campbell

Twickenham Pink & Gold - Lee Campbell

Twickenham Pink & Gold – Lee Campbell

petersham-gold‘Richmond Gold’ 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

'Sea Gold' oil on canvas

‘Sea Gold’ oil on canvas 31″ x 12″ – Lee Campbell

Sea Gold - detail

Sea Gold – detail

'Elysian' oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

‘Elysian’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Many thanks to all who supported the above event.

Lee Campbell studio

Lee Campbell studio





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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


Shrubs with Attitude – Clanfield to Chester

At last – a holiday! Short but very sweet. Started with a visit to my cousins who run Silver Pear Weddings at historic Friars Court, Clanfield.  Seriously old building:

The first recording of buildings on the site of Friars Court dates back to 1142 and the establishment of the first ‘Hospitaller’ in Oxfordshire by the charitable, religious order of the Knights Templar Order of St. John of Jerusalem. An ‘Hospitaller’ was a place of rest for travellers and from it are believed to derive the words ‘hospital’ and ‘hostel’.

In a chronicle of 1338, Friars Court is mentioned as being “… a small house with gardens, dovecote and adjacent crofts worth 30s a year”. This accommodated the preceptor (the only serving brother), a chaplain, a steward, two servants and three pensioners.  A few years later after the building of a bridge over the River Thames at nearby Radcot (now the oldest surviving crossing to remain standing), the increase in passing traffic must have had a strong influence in making Friars Court a more important stopping point.

By the middle of the 15th century the “small house” had become a stone-built hall with a ‘great chamber’; a separate kitchen, with an adjoining building; latrines to the east; a bake-house and a stone-built chapel with a walled garden to the north.

The house remained under auspices of the Order of St John until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s after which it became a private residence. From 1558 until the turn of the 19th century Friars Court had a varied succession of owners, often joint owners, most of whom let the house and land to tenants. During this period the most significant change to the house, before the alterations of the 19th century, was the addition of an attic storey and the remodelling of the façade in the 1650s.

We stayed in the sumptuous ‘Brides Room’ which is apparently haunted and overlooks the water meadow where I joined a family of  coots for a spot of morning yoga beside their water lily pond.

Later, a lovely summers evening walk along the upper reaches of the Thames to Radcot Lock as the sun was setting – took loads of reference photos including these amazing ‘hedge faces’ – perfect reflections of the hazy Oxfordshire sunset with swans, reeds and wildflowers as we made our way past the cows and wheat fields to the local pub.

On to Symonds Yat (Yat means gate in Welsh I think) on the Wye where we visited the red stone Goodrich Castle that we could see from our hotel window. Later with rain threatening we climbed up to the lookout for spectacular views down the valley and made it down to the pub just as the heavens opened.

Next day we took the tiny roads across beautiful Herefordshire countryside to Hay on Wye, up to Ludlow for lunch (renown as being a town to delight gourmets) then Shropshire and on to Meole Brace Hall in Shrewsbury – a historic house full of exquisite antiques and artwork tucked away next to a church. I’d never been to this part of England before and was delighted to discover what an interesting town Shrewsbury was. Our host was the charming Charles Hathaway who directed us to a hidden walking route into the town and made us an excellent breakfast next morning. Just wonderful!

Then on to the Cheshire border to visit Welsh relatives Alan and  Joy Parry who took us on a grand tour of Chester, up the Moelfamau Hill,  then to The Wirrel for ice creams on the edge of a sea of grass, complete with gulls and holiday makers at Parkgate where water had once been.

Alan spent his working life at Shotton steelworks on Deeside.  The plant opened gradually in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was huge concern employing thousands by the time of World War One.  Nationalised in 1967, by 1979 the plant and the whole industry was struggling under the pressure of foreign competition and industrial unrest. In 1980, British Steel took the decision to close the furnaces at the plant, making 6,500 workers redundant and leaving only the finishing operations such as rolling and plating.  However, Alan worked down the line from the furnaces in logistics where he pioneered the use of computer systems to track the loads of metal travelling through the plant.  Shotton was ahead of the times in this way, having first installed a computer system in 1976.  Alan retired in the 1990s and Shotton is now a much smaller private concern owned by Corus.

Home on Monday and a production team from ITV arrived in my studio to film someone buying one of my paintings for a programme with Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen – House Gift. Sadly she only had a limited budget but it will be great to see the studio on tv.

‘Pulse’ oil on panel -Lee Campbell

That evening was also the Bridgeman Art Library’s annual summer garden party at the Chelsea Art Club – very exclusive, no mobile phones allowed and just great to meet all the people who help sell the rights to my images which are held in the library.  Always a thrill to see a long lost painting appear on a book or CD cover. Lots of well know artists there and I also spotted Antonio Carluccio – whom I usually associate with networking breakfasts.

Pearls & Bubbles – Lee Campbell

Above is the large 6′ x 4′ commission that I’ve completed for Joseph’s Hairdressing Salon in St Margarets. So many bubbles! I did get a bit carried away but they were such fun to do. Pearls and bubbles a theme in keeping with the previous ‘Orb’ series and the bubble paintings that I did at the NPL last year.

A very big THANK YOU to all who braved a hot sticky night at the Portland Gallery on Richmond Hill last night- the show continues till 26th August – contact gallery for opening times Tel: 0208332 1200