Con Campbell was born in 1946 in County Tyrone and later moved to Belfast as a young child. His first major work was exhibited in the Ulster Museum in 1972. Throughout his career Campbell has repeatedly returned to depictions of animals, with a particular fascination with horses and dogs. Campbell travelled around Ireland in order to study the physiology and movement of horses and this study can be seen reflected in the detail of his work. Typically a painter of animals, during the ‘troubles’ the focus of Campbell’s work shifted and he began to produce a number of works which depicted conflict through the eyes of children, including a series of images of soldiers on patrol. In the 1980s he was commissioned to paint a number of street murals, demonstrating a versatility across medium and style. Con Campbell has exhibited across Ireland.