Frederick George Campbell (1917 - 1979):
George Campbell was born in Arklow, County Wicklow, but spent his formative years in Belfast and was educated in Dublin, London and Paris. He began to paint and after the Second World War was involved in founding the Living Art Exhibition. He was a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and won, among other awards, the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal in 1966 and the Oireachtas Prize for Landscape in 1969. The Spanish government conferred on him the honour of Knight Commander of Spain, and indeed Spain, where he lived for twenty-five years, is the subject of many of his paintings, as is Belfast and the west of Ireland. As well as exhibiting his paintings in Canada, Gibraltar, Holland, Spain and America, he exhibited with his brother Arthur, and with his mother, Gretta Bowen. He made stained glass windows for Galway Cathedral and played the flamenco guitar. He was a close friend of Gerard Dillon. In 1970 he illustrated the Guide to the National Monuments in the Republic of Ireland.