Ali Campbell MA Scenic Art
Artists painting floor with long handled brush

Ali Campbell

Ali Campbell

MA Scenic Art

London-based Illustrator Ali Campbell had an early interest in art and left school at seventeen, choosing a National Diploma in Art and Design. He then studied Illustration at Kingston University, graduating in 2006, and has lived in London working as an illustrator ever since. He is a current MA Scenic Art student at BOVTS.

As an illustrator and artist, Ali worked on a variety of commercial and personal projects in London. From around 2011, he began painting larger pieces of personal work that quickly progressed into large-scale murals for bars and nightclubs. This evolved into a variety of commercial work.

In recent years, Ali has become involved with more and more television work, but has desired to seek further training to gain the skills needed for a career painting for Theatre, Film, Television.




Painting of close up of embryo Scenic Art

Spray Gun Project

Crop of the Spray Gun Project students undertake in term two.

Ali has experience with using spray cans, which came in very useful when using a spray gun for the first time. He greatly enjoyed this project and was able to complete it quickly and accurately, applying the use of hand masking and some textured roller work. Ali was concerned about the subtlety of the marks required, however, using experience previously gained on the course, he overcame this concern with good effect.

Painting of close up of right hand holding left first finger Scenic Art

Old Master Project

Crop of the Old Master Project.

Ali chose ‘The inspiration of St Matthew’ by Caravaggio and cropped the image slightly to enable larger figures on the canvas and therefore a more ‘scenic’ image. Ali learned a great deal on this project, it ‘upped his game’ dramatically even stating that he would never paint in the same way again. Advanced knowledge of colour theory came into play and he now understands the depth to which the subject of colour theory can go.

Close up of painting of black butterfly with orange and white markings Scenic Art

Wonder of Wood

Crop of the Trompe-l’œil Project.

During lock down, the students learned, via Zoom, about Wood Graining and Trompe-l’œil under the guidance of Alexander McPherson. The depth this project went into surpassed what would normally be taught about the subject during normal circumstances. Without tools such as rockers, they learned how to replicate Oak, Mahogany, Walnut and Fir. This project culminated in a piece designed by Alex and interpreted by the students using the wood grain and Trompe-l’œil techniques he so lovingly taught us.

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I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art