54 35 George Campbell RHA (1917-1979) OLD HOUSES, CLIFDEN, CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY oil on board signed lower right; titled on reverse 30 by 25in. (76.2 by 63.5cm) Frame Dimensions: 35 by 30in. (88.9 by 76.2cm) Some surface dirt visible on close inspection. Otherwise very good condition. George Campbell was born in Arklow, County Wicklow,the son of Gretta Bowen (1880-1981) and Matthew Campbell (1866-1925). He attended the Masonic Orphan Boys’ School Dublin, before moving to Belfast with his widowed mother and family. Campbell was working in an aircraft factory at the time of the Belfast Blitz in 1940, and began to paint, taking the bomb-damage as his subject. He was one of the founders of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943. With his brother Arthur (1909-1994), he published and illustrated Now in Ulster (1944), an anthology of short stories, essays and poetry by young Belfast writers. After the war Campbell visited Spain in the early 1950s, encouraged by his Gerald Dillon. He lived there for much of the next twenty-five years. Campbell made stained glass windows for Galway Cathedral. A member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, he won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal in 1966 and the Oireachtas Prize for Landscape in 1969. The Spanish government made him a Knight Commander of Spain in 1978. Several of his works are in the Malaga Contemporary Art Gallery, and a street and a roundabout in Malaga are named after him. In May, 2017, Arklow Municipal District unveiled two plaques at St. Patrick’s Terrace, Arklow, marking George’s birthplace and his birth centenary. €8,000-€12,000 (£6,900-£10,340 approx.) Click here for more images and to bid on this lot35