Lana Deym Campbell Biograpy and Artisic Vision
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND INFLUENCES
Countess Svietlana Deym von Stritez, scion of a feudal Austrian family recorded in the Gotha Almanac since the 13th Century, a part of the Habsburg Empire. The Deyms were known as Austrian Ambassadors, artists and art supporters of many greats throughout history, including Beethoven and Mozart. Her uncle Rene d’Harnoncourt was the first director of MOMA. Her cousin Anne d’Harnoncourt was Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art until her recent death in ‘08. Lana’s artistic family was a large influence on her art. Another influence was her exposure to many cultures and languages, as she grew up in South America and later lived in Germany, Austria, and London. An early inspiration was Salvador Dali, who upon meeting her in Cadaques, Spain in the summer of 1970, called her “one of the most talented persons he had ever met.” Lana pursued art education in 1978 from the National Academy of Fine Arts, NYC, where she studied anatomy, drawing and painting under the foremost social realist painter of the USA, Harvey Dinnerstein, and other notable painters, such as Colleen Browning and Serge Hollenbach. She excelled at the Academy, winning the Dr. Ralph Weiler Prize and the William Auerbach-Levy Prize, judged by known artists & critics. Her painting was featured on the cover of the Academy’s annual publication in 1978. She studied Old Masters in Florence Italy. She is an avid devotee of philosophy as well as advances in science, physics. She is also a poet and a scriptwriter. In RI, she practices Kung Fu, meditation and has been an activist for social causes and the environment.
In New York Lana exhibited at the National Academy of Fine Art and the National Arts Club. In Rhode Island her work has been represented by Lenore Gray and has been shown by the Bert Gallery, the Pawtucket Arts Center, the Newport Art Museum, the Z Gallery and other venues. Recently her paintings were featured in the Southern New England Film Art and Music Festival, SENE. She has been auctioned online at Sotheby’s, NYC, where she is represented by Keisha Hayle, of the Kish Galleries in NYC. She has a very large online following of her paintings at www.myspace.com/painterwritercontemporary. She has also shown her work in Europe at Schloss Kaps, Kitzbuhel.
COLLECTORS (among others):
Borden Stevenson, son of the famous Adelai Stevenson, Idaho
The Kish Galleries, New York City; Keisha Hayle curator
Lady Alexandra Hay, London
The collection of the late Michael Alexander, London
Countess Astrid Lamberg, Kitzbuhel, Austria and Germany
Law Offices of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, New York City
Gilbert Videau, Paris and New York City
The late Tana Matisse collection, NY City
“I look for links, clues and connections between the visible and the invisible worlds via physics, nature, philosophy, and psychology. I seek to find the inspiring, poetic or philosophical thought that may be suggested by an aspect of a landscape, a person, wildlife or cityscape. While I work with representational images to evoke powerful emotions, I am an intellectual in that I symbolize meanings beyond the physical that relate and give psychological, philosophical or spiritual insight to our lives, akin to the tradition of ancient Chinese philosophers when they contemplated nature. My aim is the unity and integration of shapes, colors, light and ideas into visual melody, to mesh the transcendental with our reality, to bridge the spiritual, to show the wonder in our daily lives. Fine art is visual poetry.”