In 1995, Lee Campbell became the first Resident Artist of Kings School, Canterbury. She was also commissioned by the University of Kent to paint a mural for the Space Research Unit. Following this, she worked as Resident Artist at Canterbury, Christ Church College, where she taught and exhibited work based on local architecture. Returning to London in 1997, Campbell became the Resident Artist in St. Saviours Church in Pimlico, where she explored the dramatic play of light upon the rich interior surfaces. She has run painting workshops for Tate Britain (2000-01) and The Heatherley School of Art and currently teaches painting and drawing at Kingston University and in her studio on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Her work is held in private collections internationally. Recently employed by ABP as Resident Artist Southampton Docks.
STATEMENT: Originally from New Zealand where the light is sharp and colours bright I have embraced the hazy atmosphere of England’s landscapes, particularly the River Thames – with it’s tidal variations and misty mornings. The poetry of Robert Graves has provided a haunting dimension to my landscapes. His poem 'The Outlaws' inspired a series of work described as 'Mystical Realism' depicting ghostly forests where 'old gods lie in wait'. Previously I have sought out interesting and challenging locations to work in - churches, science labs (NPL), riverside docks, the Royal Ballet School - White Lodge in Richmond Park.and most recently The Shard and Savoy Hotel refit for The Byrne Group. This varied experience has provided me with a diverse range of subject matter from the ballet shoes of Margot Fonteyn to rusty boats.
I have been painting and showing my work nationally and internationally for over 20 years and work predominately in oil on canvas. Commissions are welcomed.