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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

F. LENNOX CAMPELLO

F. LENNOX CAMPELLO

Artist Work

Ave Frida
2011
Charcoal and conte with embedded video player and continuous loop video
35 x 32 inches
Hagia Marilynas
2011
Charcoal and conte with embedded video player and continuous loop video
35 x 32 inches
Santa Frida
2011
Charcoal and conte with embedded LCD screen player and continuous image loop
20 x 16 inches
Sanctus Guevarus Castrum Canis
2010
Charcoal and conte with embedded video player and continuous loop video
27.5 x 27 inches

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

Florencio Lennox Campello is one of the most visible Mid Atlantic area art curators, a widely published art critic, and award winner artist, a daily-read online art publisher and a highly successful former gallery owner and private art dealer. He 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. 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. Commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy in 1981 the artist moved to 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. 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. He also began writing art criticism and book reviews for local and national newspapers. 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, a mid-century Scottish printmaker, 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. Upon completion of this project, he relocated to the Greater Washington, DC area in 1993, and in 1996 opened the Fraser Gallery in Georgetown. In 2002 Campello opened a second Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, which he co-owned until 2006. In addition to numerous galleries, his work has been exhibited at the McManus Museum in Scotland, the Brusque Museum in Brazil, the Popov Museum in Russia, 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, The Museum of Contemporary Art in DC, the Rock Springs Art Center in Wyoming and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. He has also curated over 200 art shows in the Washington D.C. capital city area, including major important exhibitions such as the 2005 “Seven” exhibition for the WPA/Corcoran and the 2001 “Survey of Washington Realists” at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, a huge salon style show that for the first time catalogued together the artists working in the realist tradition in the DC area, and most recently “Seven” for the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, where seven galleries were filled by selected DC area artists. In 2006 he also curated the worldwide “Homage to Frida Kahlo” online exhibition for Art.com and the Cultural Institute of Mexico. Campello is also a regularly published art critic of regional prominence. His art reviews has appeared on DC One Magazine, Cultureflux Magazine, ArtsKrush Magazine, Art Calendar Magazine, Visions Magazine for the Arts, Dimensions Magazine, Pitch Magazine, The City Beat, Washingtonpost.com, the Crier Media newspapers and various other local newspapers. He is also the daily online publisher of Daily Campello Art News, one of the most popular visual art blogs in the Internet. Campello also reviews the Greater DC area art scene on the radio through regular appearances on the Kojo Nmandi show on WETA 88.5FM and on the Voice of America. In 2005, he also began a regular series of television shows called “ArtMedia News” on the MHz Network.