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Life drawing sessions in my studio

September 15, 2015

Life drawing in my new studio in Wood Green

ENGLISH: Since I left my studio in central Soho, I quit organizing life drawing sessions. However I always liked the nice atmosphere that was created by the weekly gatherings, with other artists, old and new friends interested in practising and improving their drawing skills. We would invite always different models of all races, dancers, performing artists, contortionists, pregnant women, twins and couples, and we would often end up in one of the pubs nearby to socialize afterwards. Last weekend, during a night out with some of those old friends who used to draw with me in my sessions, they gave me the idea of resuming the classes, and I thought that it was a wonderful idea. Anyone who is interested in taking part is very welcome, until places are full.

These are the details of my sessions:

Tuesdays, 7-9pm, please RSVP by email or whatsapp with your name if you are coming.

Entry fee: £10

The Chocolate Factory, Studio 9, Unit B104, Clarendon Road, N22 6XJ London

Tel/Whatsapp: 07853538527


Life drawing with a dancing model in my old studio in Soho


Life drawing with nude model in my old Soho studio


Life drawing with theatre in my old Soho studio


Life drawing with twins models in my old Soho studio

“The Roses” and magazine cover

August 29, 2015
michele del campo, the roses, 35x50cm

“The Roses”, oil on linen, 35x50cm

ENGLISH: In this painting I have returned to savour the pleasure of painting on a small size canvas. This is “The Roses”, a painting that has, like my paintings in general, a certain narrative and evocative aura. On the other hand, I am so happy to see my painting “The Apple Tree” on the cover of the September issue of The Artist magazine, available now. Be prepared for the October issue if you are curious about my approach to painting because you will find, besides other beautiful articles by wonderful painters, also an article that I have been invited to write.

The Artist magazine cover, Michele Del Campo

“The Apple Tree” on The Artist magazine cover of the September 2015 issue.

SPANISH: En este cuadro he reduscubierto el placer de pintar sobre formatos atípicamente pequeños, dentro de mi producción pictórica. El título es “Las Rosas”, y comparte con mis otros cuadros esa dirección narrativa y evocativa. Por otra parte, he tenido la gran sorpresa de encontrar la imágen de mi cuadro “The Apple Tree” en la portada de septiembre de la revista británica “The Artist“. Si quieres saber más sobre mis métodos de pintar y de buscar inspiración, encontrarás en el número de octubre un artículo mío que la redacción de la revista me ha invitado a escribir para sus lectores.

Third prize at “Pintar Rapido”, London

August 15, 2015

My finished painting at the moment of the handing in.

I have been so busy and lately on holidays that I haven’t posted news about my activity for a while. Trying to catch up, I will post my new paintings and news in several posts in the next days.

michele del campo, Pintar Rapido 2015

Painting in King’s Road, Chelsea, London.

First of all I would like to remember that wonderful day of urban plein air painting in July where at least 300 artists took the streets of London: it was Pintar Rápido competition, and we all managed to complete a whole painting in just one day! I choose to paint in King’s Road, the window shop of John Lewis-Peter Jones and the flowers that hang along that street. It is not a usual subject for me, but I enjoyed the challenge and I got to remain close to the Old Chelsea Town Hall, where all the paintings needed to be handed over by 7pm. My composition was very challenging but I managed to find the way to balance it, putting a figure closer to the viewer. This bigger figure was a mix of 2 girls to whom I asked to pose for me there and then. The problem with oils is that they don’t dry in the day, in fact the next day, hung in the exhibition, in the Chelsea Old Town Hall, my painting had several unintentional touches that blurred or deleted some small areas, coming either from the hanging process or from some unaware member of the public, often carrying racksacks or coates in their hands. However there was a beautiful surprise that day for me: my painting was given the third prize! There were some really good paintings around, and narrowing down to just a few prizes must have been a very difficult task for the jury. You can browse almost all of the works made in that day by clicking here.

“Capitanata Grand Tour” exhibition in Foggia

July 13, 2015
poster exhibition Foggia

The exhibition banner. It is possible to visit it from 16 July to 11 August in Foggia (Italy).

ENGLISH: These two paintings, that form a diptych, will be exhibited in Foggia, a city close to San Nicandro, my home town in south Italy, where I grew up. The exhibition gathers the work of artists from that same region, although most of them now live in other cities or abroad. In “The Sleep” I wanted to paint a meaningful image to show the decay and the abandonment of my home land, and my region in general, Puglia, one of the most beautiful, but also among the poorest in Italy. When my family migrated to the richer north, in 1994, my area was still populated and liveful. Few years later I could hardly recognise it, there were so many abandoned houses, degradation, closed shops and recreational places and facilities, and so little youth had remained, I could find none of my old friends. The second painting of the diptych is called “Excavator”, refers more to the other reality, the real-estate speculation, more witnessed in the cities and in the cost, in the same area.

the sleep, 40x40cm

“The sleep”, oil on board, 40x40cm

ESPAÑOL: Estos dos cuadros estarán expuestos en Foggia, ciudad cercana a mi pueblo San Nicandro, donde crecí, en la región de Puglia, sur de Italia. La exposición junta unos 30 artistas originarios de la misma área, aunque ahora muchos de ellos vivan en otras regiones o en el extranjero. He querido pintar una imágen significativa, que muestra la decadencia y el abandono de mi tierra y mi región, que es una de las más bonitas pero también de las más pobres de Italia. Cuando mi familia tuvo que emigrar al más rico norte de Italia, en 1994, mi tierra aun era un área muy populada y viva. Algún año después faticaba en reconocerla, había tantas casas abandonadas, tiendas, servicios y lugares recreativos cerrados, y muy pocos jóvenes se habían quedado, de mis viejos compañeros de escuela y otros coetáneos casi no quedaba nadie. El segundo cuadro, “Excavadora”, se refiere a otra realidad, la especulación edilicia, más propia de las ciudades y de la costa de Puglia.


“Excavator”, oil on board, 40x40cm

Group exhibition in Madrid

July 3, 2015


ENGLISH: Starting a new phase in Madrid, after several years away, I am so proud of exhibiting with a gallery that is new to me, but it is one that has always been the reference for the best Spanish realism: the Galería Ansorena. Jewellers, auction house and contemporary art gallery, Ansorena is a big name in the Madrid high society, from as far as 1845. There is no better way to start with a gallery than to be accompanied by such high level artists like Miguel Coronado, Alberto Martin Giraldo, Hugo Alonso and Bea Sarrias. Definitely not to be missed!


ESPAÑOL: Empezando una nueva etapa en Madrid, tras varios años sin exponer, estoy orgulloso de empezar con una nueva galería, una que ha siempre sido el referente del mejor realismo español: la Galería Ansorena. Joyeros, casa de subastas y galería contemporánea, Ansorena es un nombre prestigioso en la sociedad española, desde tan lejos como 1845. No hay mejor manera de empezar con una galería que en una muestra de altísima calidad, con artistas como Miguel Coronado, Alberto Martin Giraldo, Hugo Alonso y Bea Sarrias. ¡Una exposición así no se puede perder!


coronado detail

Miguel Coronado, detail of a recent painting


Alberto Martín Giraldo, painting the swimming pool in Casa de Velázquez, Madrid

michele del campo - winter sun 114x195cm

One of my paintings on show in Madrid, “Winter Sun”, oil on canvas, 114x195cm



The birth of Fundación Arcilla, not just one more Foundation…

June 18, 2015

ENGLISH: Artists have always felt the need, in general, to create in the solitude of their studios, lost in their peculiar world and obsessed with that research of form and content that for many is their reason to live. Not even universities facilitate much the encounter and the exchange among talented artists, I still remember how I was feeling the necessity to isolate and work outside the classes in order to continue creating without meeting the harsh criticism of professors and peers, all too advocated towards the “conceptual” tendencies of an art form where manual skills are banned. This is why I had always found it difficult to meet talented representational painters, apart from some that worked in my same gallery, until the social media have helped us find each other and communicate. During the last 2 or 3 years, in fact, thanks to internet I have been able to meet up, dine and socialise with those painters that before I admired but I didn’t think that it would be possible to get to know personally. That encounter among painters of a certain professional level is fundamental in order to create a spirit of group and to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. Spain, a country still inmersed in a deep economical crisis, is the country to which I owe a big part of my formation and my professional development, and where there is a solid tradition of realist painting at the highest standard. But the crisis has actually favoured that connection among artists that now feel the need to find solutions all together, uniting forces and targets. The same traditional model of the art gallery as the only entity to affirm and strengthen the value of an artist has changed with the crisis, and the collective of artists today is more aware of their own responsibility in creating their own oportunities to exhibit and sell their work, especially after the closure of many important galleries all around Spain.

The idea for a Foundation that gather the most talented and famous artists in Spain was born from the valuable effort of some patrons and forward-looking artists and from the opportunities created by the new social media in internet. The artists will not only be painters or sculptors, and not only bound to the representational style, there will be also actors, musicians, poets, video artists, etc. This new association is called Fundación Arcilla and it officially opened its headquarters in a new building named “ArtEXpacio” with an exhibition of realist painting, to which I participated, last Thursday 11th June in Madrid, and it is already working towards national and international projects.

In the UK, where now I live, the artists that use traditional mediums have joined forces and formed exclusive societies since a very long time ago. Examples of societies are the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), the New English Art Club (NEAC), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), the Pastel Society (PS), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and many more. Almost all of these societies have found in the central Mall Galleries their perfect space for exhibitions, promotional and didactic activities, taking turns to use the space. This way, the societies have succeeded to create a point of reference for all the people who love contemporary art in its traditional forms. The prospect that “ArtEXpacio” could become a sort of Spanish version of the Mall Galleries, seems finally real to me, and I am very proud to have been called to be part of this new reality with artists of very high level. As artist and co-founder Modesto Trigo said in his inaugural speech, the direction towards which the Foundation is bound depends on the will and the action of each of its members. It is certain that we all know each other now, we all share a sincere admiration for each other, and we share the same determination to cooperate and contribute to this wonderful project that will hopefully give visibility to the traditional art forms in their contemporary vision.


artEXpacio: everything ready for the inaugural ceremony, unpacking the paintings.

SPANISH: Los artistas siempre han sido en general muy solitarios, metidos en sus estudios, perdidos en su mundo visionario, obsesionados por esa búsqueda de formas y contenidos que para muchos es una necesidad vital. El mundo académico de las universidades tampoco facilita demasiado el encuentro y el intercambio entre los artistas de talento, todavía me acuerdo de como yo sentía la necesidad de aislarme y trabajar fuera de las clases para seguir creando sin incurrir en esas críticas demoledoras de profesores y compañeros de la universidad, todavía tan abogados hacia las tendencias más “conceptuales”, donde las habilidades manuales son un engorro. Es por eso que siempre había encontrado difícil conocer a pintores realistas de talento, a parte los que trabajaban con mi misma galería, hasta que recientemente los social media nos han abierto a la comunicación y al encuentro virtual. En los últimos dos o tres años, de hecho, gracias a internet he podido encontrar, cenar y socializar con muchos de esos pintores españoles que antes admiraba pero no pensaba que sería posible llegar a conocerlos personalmente. Ese encuentro entre pintores de cierta trayectoria profesional es fundamental para crear un espíritu de grupo y para facilitar el intercambio de ideas y de información. La crisis en España, país al cual debo gran parte de mi formación y de mi desarrollo profesional, y donde hay pintores de grandísimo talento y tradición, también ha ayudado esa cohesión para buscar soluciones colectivas entre pintores, para unir fuerzas y caminos. El mismo modelo tradicional de la galería de arte como único reducto para afirmar y corroborar el valor de un artista ha cambiado tras la crisis, y especialmente tras la clausura de muchas galerías de arte importantes por toda España, el colectivo de los artistas es hoy más consciente que nunca de la importancia de su propio papel en crear oportunidades para exponer y vender su obra.

Es desde el valioso esfuerzo conjunto de unos cuantos mecenas y artistas de ideas clarividentes y desde ese nuevo movimiento colectivo social impulsado por internet que ha surgido la maravillosa idea de crear una Fundación que una los artistas de más talento y fama de España, en el ámbito de la pintura, de la escultura, de la poesía, del teatro, del video arte, etc. Se llama Fundación Arcilla y su sede y espacio de actividades, “ArtEXpacio“, se ha inaugurado el pasado jueves 11 de junio en Madrid, con el objetivo de promocionar sus trabajos en ámbito nacional e internacional.

En el Reino Unido, donde yo vivo ahora, los artistas que se expresan en los medios tradicionales están congregados en sociedades exclusivas desde hace muchísimo tiempo, como la Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), New English Art Club (NEAC), Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Pastel Society (PS), Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) y muchas más… Casi todas estas sociedades han encontrado en el espacio muy central de la Mall Galleries su centro de actividades promocionales, didácticas y expositivas, ocupándo su espacio por turnos, y de esa manera han conseguido crear un punto de referencia para todo ese público que ama el arte contemporáneo hecho con técnicas tradicionales. Que ArtEXpacio de la Fundación Arcilla se pueda convertir en una pequeña Mall Galleries española, un espacio de actividad, promoción y difusión de las varias formas del arte español, lo veo hoy posible en España, y estoy encantado de haber sido llamado a formar parte de este maravilloso grupo de artistas de altísimo nivel. Como dijo el artista Director y co-Fundador Modesto Trigo en su discurso inaugural, la dirección a la cual está encaminada la Fundación, y su éxito, será determinada por la voluntad y el operado de todos nosotros, los artistas que han sido invitados a formar parte de ella. Seguramente se nota el entusiasmo colectivo de los artistas, todos ahora nos conocemos y compartimos esa admiración recíproca y esa voluntad de colaborar y contribuir a este maravilloso y necesario proyecto para recuperar el valor del arte español. Con profundo agradecimiento a esos fundadores que han dedicado su tiempo y sus energías a este importante proyecto.


View of ArtEXpacio, headquarters of the Fundación Arcilla, during the opening ceremony.


With the incredible hyperrealist painter Antonio Castelló Avilleira and my painting “The Sunny Time”


ArtEXpacio, the opening of the headquarters of the Fundación Arcilla.


With Arantzazu Martinez and her astonishing painting, winner of the 2015 ARC International Salon.


With Carmen Mansilla and Arantzazu Martínez in front of Carmen’s painting


From Left: Modesto Trigo, Andrés Castellanos, Antonio Castelló Avilleira, Arantzazu Martínez, Carmen Mansilla and me, all in front of Antonio Castelló’s painting


ArtEXpacio, the headquarter of the Fundación Arcilla

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May 31, 2015

The Artist’s magazine’s article

ENGLISH: I was overwhelmed when I heard the news 6 months ago, and now is out published in the July/August issue of The Artist’s Magazine: I’m the Grand Prize winner of the “All Media” Art Competition! This is a competition for artists that work in the media of oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastels, mixed media, drawing and digital photography, there are winners for every category and an overall winner, the Grand Prize. With over 2500 entries, it must have been a very tough decision for the judges. My winning entry is “The Rest”, a 190x200cm painting of two siblings. This is a painting that was originally a commission and that I started as a demonstration piece in the Patchings Festival in 2014. The family asked me to paint these two siblings and gave me a certain freedom to treat it just as one of my paintings. Although we originally planned a grey background, I decided to take a risk and paint a very exuberant colourful background with a bicycle wheel included in the composition. I did not mind it if I had to re-do it, but I thought that I had to follow my instinct and give some life to the scene, contrasting the intentionally somber or bored mood of the siblings with some colourful pattern. When I showed it to the family they just loved it, and now it hangs in their beautiful house in Madrid, which you can see in the pictures below.

SPANISH: Estaba eufórico cuando me dieron la noticia hace 6 meses, y ahora se ha publicado en el número de julio/agosto de la revista americana The Artist’s Magazine: ¡soy el ganador general del premio online “All Media”! Con más de 2500 inscripciones en las varias categorías (óleo, acrílico, arte digital, técnica mixta, pastel, acuarela, dibujo), no habrá sido nada fácil para el jurado elegir un ganador absoluto. Mi cuadro ganador, “El Descanso”, es un óleo de 190x200cm de dos hermanos. Este era un cuadro por encargo, pero tuve toda la libertad de hacerlo como si fuera otra más de mis piezas. Lo empecé a pintar en el festival Patchings el año pasado, delante del público, y seguí pintándolo luego en mi estudio. Hasta que lo acabé la familia no sabía que había optado por la opción más ostentosa en cuanto a colores y formas, pero en seguida les gustó el cuadro, el cual ahora cuelga en su preciosa casa en Madrid, como se ve en las fotos que me enviaron:


The house of the family where the siblings live, in Madrid, where my painting hangs.


The family house


The family house

michele del campo, patchings 2014

Me starting the painting “The Rest” for a demonstration in the 2014 Patchings Festival


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