ClearStory Arts Hosts Show, Sale Of Ron Campbell Works Based On The Beatles And Other Saturday Morning TV Series

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Artworks based on the Beatles Yellow Submarine and The Beatles Saturday Morning TV cartoon series are the focus of a special Pop-Up Art Show & Sale featuring the works of the late animator 
Ron Campbell at ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. Hours are Friday, April 1 from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, April 2 from noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 from noon-4 p.m. The event is free.

The Beatles, along with Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, Jetsons, Flintstones and more, are among the artwork on display and for sale, all based on the 50-year career of the late Mr. Campbell. 
            
About the artist:

Ron Campbell literally animated our childhood.  Beginning in 1958 in his native Australia with cartoons like Popeye, Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat, Mr. Campbell’s career spanned the entire golden age of Saturday morning cartoons.  Sadly, Mr. Campbell passed away in January 2021 at the age of 81, but he left behind dozens of paintings that he created during his retirement.  These paintings were inspired by many of the beloved cartoons that he was involved with, including the Saturday Morning Beatles cartoon series, Yellow Submarine, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, George of the Jungle, Jetsons, Flintstones and, finishing his career with, Ed, Edd n’Eddy.

"In 1964, while still in Australia, Mr. Campbell was awakened by a phone call from King Features’ producer Al Brodax. Mr. Brodax informed Mr. Campbell that they had just sold a new show and he would like him to direct it. When Mr. Campbell asked the name of the show, Mr. Brodax responded…The Beatles. Mr. Campbell remarked, ”That’s great, but insects make terrible characters for kids cartoons.”  Mr. Campbell soon learned a lot about the Fab Four, directing over half of the episodes, which debuted on ABC-TV on Sept. 25, 1965. It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….a 67 share.  Mr. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series, “Beatletoons.”

After moving to America, Mr. Campbell was once again approached by Mr. Brodax to help in the animating of the Beatles feature length animated film, Yellow Submarine. Mr. Campbell went on to animate many scenes, including the Sea of Time sequence, and much of the action between the Chief Blue Meanie and his sidekick Max, as well as the Nowhere Man character.
 
Through his studio, Ron Campbell Films, Inc., Mr. Campbell was also involved with some of the most beloved cartoons spanning three generations, including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Sesame Street, Captain Caveman, Rugrats, Ed, Edd n’Eddy, Yogi Bear and dozens more.  His show “The Big Blue Marble” won many awards, including a Peabody for Excellence in Broadcasting and an Emmy for Best Children’s Show of the Year. After retiring from a 50-year career, Mr. Campbell began painting subjects, always based on the animated cartoons he helped bring to the screen.  With emphasis on The Beatles, his Cartoon Pop Art has been featured in galleries worldwide. 
 
The host of this show, ClearStory Arts, is a new Chattanooga artists community, located in a former yarn dyeing factory built out to house 40 artists studios, a classroom and a gallery space. It strives to be a "dynamic, community-based collaborative space for artists and creatives." It is currently home to 40+ artists, many of which will have their studios open during this show.



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