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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



‘Eel Pie Summer ’17’ – Studio visitors welcome

Delighted to see my work on display in the restaurant at The Albany here in Twickenham:

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

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

They do the best homemade ice cream too.

Many thanks to all our visitors who made both Open Studio weekends a great success.

I welcome visitors and am usually working in the weekends but best to call first to be sure : 07900242997      I currently have a wide range of work from tiny miniatures 4″ x 4″ to a three – panel hinged room screen 5′ x 5′.

As well as medium sized oil on canvas paintings I have the following oil paintings of local scenes on paper which are ready to frame – prices range from £9 to £120 :

‘Twickenham Rowing Club’  – Lee Campbell

‘Twickenham Riverside’ – Lee Campbell

‘Orleans Spring’ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Bridge’ – Lee Campbell

‘October Light’ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Sunset I’ – Lee Campbell

‘Richmond Sunset II’ – Lee Campbell

‘River Mist’ – Lee Campbell

‘Roses Pink”  – Lee Campbell

‘Resting’ – Lee Campbell

One of a selection of miniature oil paintings as cards, ready to frame.

‘Twickenham Spring’  – Lee Campbell          Available as a print or greeting card.

For full selection of artworks and sizes please see

                                  Commissions welcome

Recent commissions:

                                ‘Buddah’  – Lee Campbell oil on canvas  24″ x 14″

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

                           ‘The View’  – Lee Campbell 18″ x 26″ Oil on canvas

Tranquillity III’ –  Folding room screen with three panels 150cm x 150cm

Detail of Screen


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


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.