F. Lennox Campello

Studied art at the University of Washington School of Art in Seattle, under Professors Norman Lundin, Alden Mason, Jacob Lawrence, Everet DuPen and others. Although he graduated from Washington in 1981, the artist started to sell his work professionally in 1977, when he became one of the regular exhibiting artists at Seattle’s world famous Pike Place Market, where over four years he sold, gave away or traded over two thousand works of art.

In that same year that he graduated from Washington, he won the William Whipple National Art Competition First Prize for Printmaking, the silver medal at the Ligoa Duncan Art Competition in Paris and the French “Prix de Peinture de Raymond Duncan,” also in Paris. A frenetic and vocal student, who seemed to produce artworks at a incredible pace, as well as organizing exhibitions for other students, he was described by Ileana Levens, at the time the curator of the Bellevue Museum of Art as the “most powerful student force ever to go through this art school.”

In 1981 Campello was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and was assigned duties in Spain, where he worked on a series of landscapes of Andalusia which now hang in over fifty private collections in Spain, Portugal and the United States. He also exhibited in various venues in Spain.

In 1985 he returned to the United States, living in Monterey, California (while pursuing a Master’s degree) and Bowie, Maryland. During this time he returned to figurative drawings, as well as delivering illustrations for magazines and periodicals.

In 1989 Campello moved to Scotland, where he lived in a 307 year old farmhouse at the foothills of the Highlands near the ancient Pictish village of Brechin. The rugged character of the Scottish land and his discovery of the mezzotints of David Waterson revived his previous interest in landscape, and for the next three years he produced over three hundred watercolors of Scotland. This work earned him the First Prize in watercolors at the 42nd Annual International North Wynd River Art Competition in the United States.

In 1992 the artist returned to America, and lived for a year in Sonoma, California, where he produced over four hundred commissioned drawings for the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory which now hang in nearly every household in that city of the wine country.

Upon completion of this project, he relocated to Northern Virginia, where he resided until early 1997, at which time he moved to Bowie, Maryland.

In 1996, together with his then wife, the photographer Catriona Fraser, Campello opened the Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC, and together they opened a second gallery in Bethesda, Maryland in 2002. In 1998 Campello moved to Potomac, Maryland about 20 minutes north of Washington, DC, and in 2006 he began splitting his time between the Greater Washington, DC area and Media, Pennsylvania and ended his ten year co-ownership of the Fraser Gallery.

In addition to numerous galleries, his work has been exhibited at the McManus Museum in Scotland, the Brusque Museum in Brazil, the San Bernardino County Art Museum in California, the Musee des Duncan in France, the Frick Museum in Ohio, the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Hunter Museum in Tennessee, the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in California, The Art League in Alexandria and the Rock Springs Art Center in Wyoming. He has also curated several shows in the Washington D.C. capital city area.

His artwork has been the subject of many reviews by several European and American newspapers, including most recently The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Georgetowner, The Potomac News and The Bowie Blade.

Campello is also a regularly published art critic of regional prominence. His art reviews have been published in the Washington Post, Visions Magazine for the Arts, Dimensions Magazine, Pitch Magazine, The City Beat, The KOAN Art Newsletter, Art Calendar, DC One Magazine and various local newspapers. He also appears regularly on the radio as a guest discussing DC area art issues. In 2005, the artist also became the host for a series of TV appearances in various local programs dealing with the visual arts.

Furthermore, since 1998, Campello has taught over 3,000 artists, museum professionals, arts faculty and new gallerists through a highly successful one-day seminar titled “Success as an Artist,” which has also been dubbed “Boot camp for Artists.”

Campello is also one of the Internet’s leading arts bloggers, and since 2003 his visual arts blog (Daily Campello Art News) has been one of the web’s first art blogs and currently has nearly 20,000 weekly readers, making it one of the highest ranked art blogs in the world.

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