Review Of Whimsy
Magazine illustrator New Zealander Peter Campbell’s work is collected in Artwork and describes his 30-year career as art director, contributor (writing more than 300 articles) and, from 1993, cover artist of the London Review of Books (LRB). “Under the LRB masthead and surrounded by contributor’s names, his confident strokes and whimsical glimpses of London life hold their own. Campbell’s figures often wait at railway stations or read in bed, both illustrators creating bookish worlds designed to appeal to the publications’ ideal readers.” An introduction by Wellington poet Bill Manhire is included. Campbell was born in a taxi in Wellington’s Hataitai Tunnel in 1937. He died in London in 2011.