Storied artist of familiar images coming to Wichita
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