Posts Tagged ‘Richmond Park


Eel Pie Artists Open Studio Weekends 2019 22-23 & 29-30 June

‘Bees’ 12′ x 16″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Local Scenes – Twickenham & Richmond

‘Spring Tide – Twickenham’ oil on canvas 12″ x 18″ – Lee Campbell

‘St Mary’s Spring’ oil on linen 20″ x 28″ – Lee Campbell

‘Promise’ Tidetables at Richmond oil on canvas 12″x 16″

‘Reflections’ 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘The Haven’ oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

Latest Series ‘Beneath’

New oil paintings based on minerals and geology.

To arrange a studio visit Tel: 07900242997

‘Metamorphic’ oil on block canvas 80cm x 120cm – Lee Campbell

         ‘Opal & Amber’ oil on block canvas 70cm x 100cm – Lee Campbell

‘Jurassic’ oil on canvas 39″ x 39″ – Lee Campbell


“Magenta Deep’ – Oil on canvas  35” x 35. – Lee Campbell

‘Into the Mystic’ oil on canvas  40″ x 40″ – Lee Campbell

Romantic Landscape Series

          ‘Elysian’ oil on block canvas 80cm x 120cm – Lee Campbell

‘Solitude’ oil on canvas 80cm x 80cm – Lee Campbell

‘Pool of Dreams’ oil on canvas 70cm x 100cm – Lee Campbell

              ‘Morning Drift’ oil on canvas 60cm x 60cm – Lee Campbell

               ‘Evening Mist’ oil on canvas 80cm x 80cm – Lee Campbell

‘Dusk – Petersham Meadow’ – oil on canvas 20″ x 20″ – Lee Campbell

Still Life Paintings

        ‘Copper & Gold’ oil on canvas 30.5cm x 30.5cm – Lee Campbell

‘Peonies’ oil on canvas 30.5 x 30.5 – Lee Campbell

‘Vieux et Nouveau I’ – oil on canvas 30.5cm x 40.6cm – Lee Campbell

‘Vieux et Nouveau II’ – oil on canvas 30.5cm x 40.6cm – Lee Campbell

Sad News

Holly the Muse Hound, my studio companion for the last 9 years has ‘left the building’. She was sent off peacefully at home lying in her favorite bed with great sensitivity by Christobel of Twickenham Vets.

Rest in peace dear companion.




Winter ’17 New Paintings & Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers:

Redeemable against one to one Art Lessons or Art work (either prints or original paintings from my studio or commission a bespoke peice.

The value need not be shown as I will keep a record.

Can be paid for by Pay Pal or BACS and delivered within 3 days.

Commissions Welcome:

Send me a photo of your favorite place and the required dimensions and I will send you a quote for an original oil on canvas painting designed to suite your particular colour scheme.

Recent commission completed from client’s photos:

                                               ‘Lily Tarn’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

                                        ‘Concerto’ oil on canvas 100cm x 190cm – Lee Campbell

                             ‘Red Sails’ – Thames Barge oil on linen 12″ x 16″ – Lee Campbell

‘High Country Jade’ 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

                                          ‘Cascade’ oil on canvas 24″ x 30″ –  Lee Campbell


Winter Open Studios Eel Pie Island – 2 -3 December 2017 – Many thanks to all our visitors over the weekend – the event goes from strength to strength and we look forward to repeating this over 2 weekends in the summer.

Latest Oil Paintings

The following 4 paintings are currently on display in the dining room at The Albany, 1 Queens Rd. Twickenham. Tel: 0208 8911777

                                      ‘Autumn Glow’ oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

                        ‘East” & ‘West’ oil on canvas 31″ x 12″ x 2 oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

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

                       ‘Autumn Drift’ oil on canvas 28″ x 36″ Lee Campbell SOLD

                                        ‘Rhapsody’ oil on canvas  28″ x 56″ – Lee Campbell

                    ‘September View’ oil on canvas 20″ x 28″ – Lee Campbell  SOLD

                             ‘City View – Richmond Park’ oil on linen 20″ x 28″ – Lee Campbell

                                         ‘First Light’ oil on canvas 24″ x 24″ – Lee Campbell SOLD

                                    ‘Autumn Glow’ 12″ x 12″ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Roi Soleil’  oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell SOLD

‘Morning Mist’ oil on canvas 24″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell

                               ‘New Day’ oil on canvas 12″ x 16″ – Lee Campbell

‘Misty Blue’ oil on canvas 32″ x 32″ – Lee Campbell SOLD

                                              ‘Sonata’ oil on canvas 12″ x 16″ – Lee Campbell

                                                 ‘Stratum’ 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

The above painting is a return to a subject used during my residency at NLP in 2008 inspired by images of metal fatigue and similar highly magnified cross section images.

                ‘Cosmos I & II’ oil on canvas 2 x panels 28″ x 28″ – Lee Campbell    SOLD




Paintings of London – Lee Campbell

Special offers for overseas visitors.  You are invited to visit my studio on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham to view original oil paintings which can be purchased direct and shipped overseas. Prices to suit all budgets.

I am a NZ-born artist who has been based in Twickenham for 20 years and over the last 6 months I have been working on a series of paintings of the Thames in central London and views of the river closer to my studio on Eel Pie Island.

For opening times or to arrange a visit call Lee 07900242997

For directions and a full selection of work see:

'Renaissance II' Lee Campbell‘Renaissance II’ – Lee Campbell

'Golden Thames' - Lee CampbellGolden Thames – Lee Campbell

'Thames Mist' - Lee Campbell‘Thames Mist’ – Lee Campbell

'Waterloo Sunset' - Lee Campbell‘Waterloo Sunrise’ – Lee Campbell

Thames Nocturne' - Lee Campbell‘Thames Nocturne’ – Lee Campbell

'Pool of London' - Lee Campbell‘Pool of London’ – Lee Campbell

'Battersea Mist' oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Battersea Mist’ – Lee Campbell

This autumn I have 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.

‘The View’ from Richmond Hill made famous by Turner is also featured and I have several versions available ranging in size from 6″ x 6″ to 34″ x 34″.

'Arcadian Thames' oil on canvas Lee Campbell 2014

‘Arcadian Thames’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Eel Pie Island September:

Joined up boats

Joined up boats

Eel Pie Boatyard

Twig’s sunflowers Eel Pie Boatyard

Sunfl.My studio


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


Royal Ballet School/White Lodge Project

‘White Lodge’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

‘Frozen Light’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Since August I have been working with The Royal Ballet School at their White Lodge site in Richmond Park.  Feeling at a bit of a loss since the Byrne Bros project was completed, I approached the Ballet School and was delighted when they agreed to allow me access to White Lodge over the summer. The exhibition at The Portland Gallery will contain over 20 paintings produced as I immersed myself in this fabulous environment.

I was given access to the archive where I was allowed to photograph the old ballet shoes worn by Dame Margot Fonteyn. It was a real privilege and I could only imagine how her feet would have felt at the end of a performance.

‘Dame Margot’s Shoes’ – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

The forest surrounding the lodge contains many ancient oak trees and these have become part of the body of work along with the resident deer that inhabit Richmond Park. It was gloriously hot August day in Richmond Park as I navigated my way slowly past a heard of fallow bucks who were camped on the roadside and munching happily in the morning sun and flicking away flies with their antlered heads. There are over 300 fallow deer in the park and approximately the same number of red deer.

‘Majesty’ oil on canvas Lee Campbell

‘Majesty’ is available as a print from

The view of the Lodge from the bottom of the hill was magnificent and I paused to admire the ancient oaks rising in a stately fashion form the bracken but I wanted to imagine how it would look dressed in autumn colours and late afternoon shadows.

‘Autumnal’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

The interior was equally fabulous and the first image I concentrated on was the main ballroom’s chandeliers and I attempted to capture this spectacle using mirrors and an unusual format:

‘Paradox’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

Continuing on a the theme of paradoxes I used ornate railings as a device to separate the dimensions within Le Reflet de la Lune which was given it’s title by my clever  student Sandra who speaks French fluently.

‘Le Reflet de la Lune’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

I have also used tiny shoes as a means to return to still life painting, I find this to be a necessary balance to working from my imagination. With several weeks to go now to the opening I have still to complete a painting of floating feathers and hopefully one of oak leaves.

‘Satin & Velvet’ oil on panel – Lee Campbell

‘Tiny Dancer’ oil on panel – Lee Campbell

The show has also given me a chance to explore  the mixed media collages that I enjoy in between paintings:

‘Connections’ mixed media – Lee Campbell

and to revisit the theme of bubbles:

‘The Entrance’ Oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

and works that simply suggested the ethereal atmosphere:

‘Borne on the Mist’ oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

However it was the Costume Room that provided the most colourful and rich cacophony of textures and vibrancy. I found rows of tutus stacked kebab fashion and hanging joyfully, hats, props and shoes patiently awaiting the next performance so I have returned to a technique of oil on paper to capture the delicacy and transparency of the fabrics:

‘Costumes II’ oil on paper-Lee Campbell

‘Costumes III’ oil on paper-Lee Campbell

‘Costumes IV’ oil on paper-Lee Campbell

White Lodge is a neo-Classical Palladian building and a rich history dating back to 1727 and built for George II. Since 1955 it has been home to the Royal Ballet Lower School which was founded by Dame Ninette de Valois and has just had a £22 million refurbishment.
The students are comprised of 120 11-16 year olds and among the allumni is Darcy Bussell and there are approximately the same number of staff attached to the complex.

There is a Museum in the crescent wing which has been imaginatively and instructionally designed to trace the history of ballet parallel with the history of White Lodge – Tel. 0208 3928440

Richmond Park has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. The royal connections to this park probably go back further than any of the others, beginning with Edward (1272-1307), when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. The name was changed to Richmond during Henry VII’s reign.

‘Park Light II’ – oil on paper Lee Campbell

‘Park Light III’ – oil on paper Lee Campbell

‘Park Light IV’ oil on paper -Lee Campbell

Exploring the building I enter through the rear of the building to discover it almost deserted except for some workmen and the security guard –
What a delight to have the freedom to explore this extraordinary interior alone. Beginning in the lower brick tunnels which link the classrooms and dance studios I crept respectfully through taking photos of all before me.

‘Light Pools’ – photo – Lee Campbell

Light effects ….on the shiny floors seemed to echo with the steps of dancers past and the kids artwork.
Moving through to the spectacular front of the house I noticed the ornate details and the statue of a dancer:

Looking out across the park to the lake I could see tiny figures moving slowly in the distant heat. The Shard which I had painted during my last project was visible trusting upwards through the heat-haze on my way up the hill.

‘Allegory’ oil on canvas -Lee Campbell

The garden  had a display of gorgeous old roses which smelled heavenly and sculptured trees statues and a summer house.

‘Misty Forest’ oil on panel -Lee Campbell

Holly the ‘muse hound’ dreams of being a dancer


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

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