Orlando Campbell: Post Pandemic Colour
"When I start a painting I have a rough idea in my head about the shape and colours but nothing is tested, it is vaguely random, I have done it so often that I can visualise the finished painting whilst stretching the canvas. All I have to do is switch on the TV and close the curtains. I find a never ending stream of construction, engineering and Trump news TV very relaxing. This approach is probably the opposite of most artists and who knows what a constant stream of TV garbage could have done to improve the Impressionists colour."
Household paint on canvas
100 x 70 cm
Orlando Campbell was raised by an art collecting family in the London borough of Chelsea. From an early age he lived with and was influenced by the work of artists such as; Frank Stella, Patrick Caulfield, Kenneth Noland and Eduardo Paolozzi. These artists’ use of colour and symmetry were to become important influences on his work over the following years.
In 1993, Campbell opened Green Street, an iconic private members club in Mayfair and after, he ran The Globe, which became a club institution in West London. Both venues were legendary in the fact that the art, fashion and culture tribes congregated there.
In 2000 Campbell opened a boutique art hotel, The Westbourne, on the edge of Notting Hill, where he was responsible for filling every room with art collected primarily from his friends, who were later labelled the YBA’s (Young British Artists). Here you could see work by Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Danny Chadwick, Keith Coventry and Patrick Caulfield amongst others.
In 2001, he moved to the countryside and started work as a full time artist.