Frank Campbell spent twenty-six years as a university academic in Australia, Britain, Chile and elsewhere. His teaching and research covered history, economics, sociology and architecture. As academe slid inexorably into corporatism, he left his tenured university job for a new career in the early 1990s. Farming and environmentalism competed with research into British and colonial art and art history, including seven years of international art authentication. For fifteen years (1994–2008), he wrote monthly non-fiction book reviews for “The Australian” newspaper.
“Face Value” takes a revolutionary new approach to art history, exposing complex networks of colonial artists and revealing important lost paintings of Richard Noble. This long-overdue research will rewrite gallery and museum catalogues in Australia and Britain, and finally deliver some justice to our lost artists.