Born in Surrey in 1956, Raymond Campbell was convinced as a schoolboy that he could make a living as an artist. However, before he would become the United Kingdom’s pre-eminent still life artist, he would lay carpets and work as a refuse collector amongst other jobs whilst pursuing his dream and selling his early work around the pubs of his native Surrey.
He experimented with various media – pottery, pen and ink, acrylics – before finally choosing oils.
His notable talent led him to become a full-time professional artist at the age of twenty-two. He travelled throughout the UK, Europe, the Far East, South America and Australia and gained great inspiration from the differences in light and colour resulting in him producing many landscapes during this period. He became captivated by the work of the 17th Century Dutch Old Masters and their influence is reflected in his vast and instantly recognisable body of still life work.
Raymond Campbell is most renowned for his curious paraphernalia arrangements. These unique tableaux can be identified by their detailed precision and classically “Campbell-esque” content including vintage wine bottles, sepia photographs and other artefacts, many of which he salvaged whilst working on the refuse lorries.
Campbell is a published artist, with many of his original works available as limited or open edition prints. His works “Second Home”, “The Gamble” and “The Lost Shoe” are among pieces which have been exhibited at The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London. He has had many sell-out one man exhibitions and has also exhibited several times at The Mall Galleries, London and numerous other galleries worldwide. His work can be found in many international private collections, particularly in the USA, Australia and across Europe.
His relatively recent departure into a quirky series of well-known landscapes featuring representations of his beloved vintage 1950s/60s robots has generated great interest and resulted in selection for hanging at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013.