Arthur Campbell was a landscape painter as well as a designer and illustrator. Arthur was born in Belfast but spent the first years of his life in Dublin and Co. Wicklow. He made a living through photography and when he had spare time he took on night classes in the Belfast College of Art.
Campbell exhibited for the first time in 1939 in the Royal Hibernian Academy however he only managed to produce eight works here over the course of thirty years. From 1942-1943, for the Belfast Telegraph, he produced a staggering seventy-three landscape drawings.
Campbell said, “fleshed out five-minute sketches and colour notes which I painted at home…The camera was a surrogate drawing pad, which explains why some photographs have affinities with certain paintings.”
Arthurs first one-man show was held in 1950 in 55a Donegall Place, Belfast where he had five oil paintings and twenty-seven watercolours. In 1986, he became an associate of the Royal Ulster Academy.