Sto­ried artist of fa­mil­iar im­ages com­ing to Wi­chita

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - News - BY MATT RIEDL

Ron Campbell ad­mits he’s not the finest artist ever to live.

It’s the nos­tal­gia of his art­work, the mem­o­ries as­so­ci­ated with them, that makes his art­work spe­cial.

The 78-year-old Campbell, orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia, is the cre­ator of the “Bea­tles” an­i­mated TV se­ries from the 1960s — as well as par­tial cre­ator of a whole host of clas­sic car­toons, rang­ing from “Scooby-Doo” to “The Flint­stones” to more mod­ern shows like “Ru­grats” and “Rocket Power.” He an­i­mated about 12 min­utes of the 1968 Bea­tles film “Yel­low Sub­ma­rine.”

Campbell, who con­tin­ues to paint his car­toon cre­ations in re­tire­ment, is bring­ing his art­work to Wi­chita this week for a spe­cial two-day show.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be from 4-8 p.m. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, 412 E. Dou­glas.

Ev­ery­one who pur­chases a piece of his art­work re­ceives a cer­tifi­cate of au­then­tic­ity, on which they can re­quest Campbell draw any of his car­toon cre­ations. His works have sold any­where from $295 to $8,000.

He said peo­ple have burst into tears watch­ing him draw a fa­vorite car­toon char­ac­ter in per­son.

“It’s con­stantly amaz­ing to me — it’s like they be­come chil­dren again,” he said. “I some­times say that peo­ple buy my paint­ings be­cause it re­minds them of some spe­cial, happy time in their child­hood.”

For his part, Campbell said he’s en­joyed meet­ing his Satur­day-morn­ing au­di­ences, the peo­ple who watched and ap­pre­ci­ated his car­toons over the decades.

When he was creat­ing car­toons, he said his au­di­ence was “just num­bers on a page ... our rat­ings.” “I had no idea just how beloved many of th­ese

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