LAURENCE A. CAMPBELL
American (b. 1939)
"VIEW OF WALL STREET IN WINTER"
oil on panel, 16 x 12 inches,
signed lower left "Laurence A. Campbell," executed in 2001,
signed and titled on the reverse
Private Collection, New Jersey.
Laurence A. Campbell was born in Philadelphia in 1939 at the end of the Great Depression.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts were both a
few blocks from his home and he spent many hours visiting the Museums during his
childhood. It was there that he was influenced by exhibitions of the European masters
Monet and Pissarro.
This experience and his admiration for art led him to study architecture at Temple University and later develop his own construction firm in the 1960s. During those years he regularly painted, including commissions for clients who wanted to own reproductions of well-known artists, to which he always signed his own name. He also restored paintings during that time. The combination of emulating artists like Guy Wiggins and Childe Hassam, and learning the techniques used in the preparation and application of paint to a canvas helped Campbell became successful enough to establish his own art gallery in Westmont, New Jersey in 1970 “Gallery 35".
It was there that Campbell continued to depict his favorite subjects, scenes of New York City and Philadelphia with American flags blowing in the wind, snow, and rain. His subdued palette combined with his ability to project sunlight on his canvases are reminiscent of the artists he learned from, but certainly reflect his own abilities.
Campbell stopped painting in 2003 at the age of 65. There was a recent exhibition of his works The Mennello Museum of American Art from July 20 – October 7, 2018, The Collectors Passion: Paintings By Laurence A. Campbell. The exhibition was curated by Katherine E. Navarro, who states” Campbell’s scenes of his native Philadelphia and New York City extoll his own, and by extension his collectors’, pride in country and admiration for the historic architecture established in the American city”.
The current lot, "View of Wall Street in Winter" evokes the pulse of Wall Street, the people hustling down the street in the snow with the American flags waving. It was painted shortly after 9/11/2001.