Posts Tagged ‘Twickenham Rowing Club


‘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


Eel Pie Island Summer 2013

'Limberlost' oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

Latest Work

Inspired by the cemetery where I run with Holly I painted this imaginary forest and was thinking of a title when I suddenly remembered a book that I’d loved as a kid. Apparently a classic ‘A Girl from the Limberlost’ was written by the naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter and set in a swampy forest in Indiana with lots of bug action  (I loved bugs when I was a kid) so this book had embedded itself in my memory. According to the History of Jay County by M.W. Montgomery, published in 1864, the name Limberlost came from the following circumstance: A man named James Miller, while hunting along its banks, became lost. After various fruitless efforts to find his way home, in which he would always come around to the place of starting, he determined to go in a straight course, and so, every few rods he would mark a tree. While doing this, he was found by friends. Being an agile man, he was known as ‘limber Jim,’ and, after this, the stream was called ‘Limberlost.’

Enchanted Oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Enchanted Oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Awakening - Lee Campbell

Awakening – Lee Campbell

Twickenham Rowing Club

This painting is oil on paper and was commissioned by a client who wanted autumnal colours in the trees. This painting also shows the new extension to the clubhouse and is available as a print from Frames in Twickenham

Twickenham Rowing Club - Lee Campbell

Twickenham Rowing Club – Lee Campbell

Miniature Flowers Oil on paper - Lee Campbell

Miniature Flowers Oil on paper – Lee Campbell

About this time every year I feel the need to paint flowers and this series on tiny ones are the latest.

Each one is approx. 6″ x 4″ and sold with a 4″ deep neutral coloured mount.

Cloud Racing - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

This painting is inspired by my friend Kate who posted some lovely photos of riding on the beach. I often wondered if the seascapes needed some ‘action’ and this has provided the focus that was missing.

Blue Velum - Lee Campbell

Blue Velum – Lee Campbell

After Sales Service

Happy to say that should any of my artworks become damaged (on the surface) I’m happy to restore it to it’s former glory as I have just done for the large Golden Orb painting that was splashed with paint during decorating:

Gold Orb - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Gold Orb – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

New Zealand News

I grew up in Carew about 7 miles from Geraldine, a place called Carew near the Rangitata River. After all the earthquakes it’s so good to hear positive news from Canterbury.

South Canterbury NZ

South Canterbury NZ

Street Pianos

In 2009 I participated in Luke Jerram’s public art project which involved painting pianos and placing them in public places world wide. See this link for some amazing art works around the world:

Lee Campbell's Union Rose Piano Soho 2009

Lee Campbell’s Union Rose Piano Soho 2009

My favourite from the recent ones is in L.A. and by  Alexander Mihaylovich



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.


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