An exhibition of portraits by George Campbell RHA goes on display at the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Fitzwilliam Street.

George Campbell was born in Arklow in 1917 and grew up in Belfast. A self-taught artist, he began painting in 1941 partly as a reaction to the wartime air raids on the city. He held his first exhibition there in 1944 alongside fellow artist and friend Gerard Dillon.  

A landscape and still-life artist who divides his time between Ireland and Spain, he has also designed stained glass windows for Galway Cathedral.  

This exhibition of previously unseen portraits, titled 'Friends And Acquaintances' demonstrates Campbell’s ability to capture people of significance to him on canvas, as he painted them for his private collection from 1944 to 1974.  

George Campbell became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1964. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 September 1975.