I dream that this, which I create, will replicate the poetry of life which breathes inside you.
Just once more let me pour my soul into this shape to make you whole again.
Paddy Campbell was born in Dublin in 1942. From early childhood, his great interest was in the art of drawing and painting, but he realised how difficult it would be to make a living from art in those difficult times.
Instead, he started a venture in Catering and Coffee, which went on to become a very successful business.
However, art continued to attract him so much so that later in life he began to spend most of his time in Florence where, in 1996, he began to study renaissance painting.
In the year 2,000 Paddy Campbell discovered that his true gift was for sculpture. He spent the next three years in Florence studying and learning these techniques. Following this he embarked on his life as a sculptor at his studio at Via Luna in Florence, where he still works.
His bronze and marble sculptures have been exhibited particularly in the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, the Royal Ulster Academy in Belfast, as well as other venues throughout Ireland and Italy.
“Di Cuore” (From the Heart), exhibition, took place in Palazzo Medicci Riccardi, Florence, in the Summer of 2013, and attracted more than 50,000 visitors. The 4.5 metre bronze sculpture “Wind and Water”, which was the centrepiece of that exhibition, was acquired by University College Dublin, and is now situated on the University Campus in Belfield, Dublin.
His 6 metres high Rugby Sculpture entitled “The Day that Changed Ireland” was commissioned and installed in the main concourse of Shannon Airport, Ireland, in 2015.
His latest exhibition “Il Dolce Rumore Della Vita” (The Sweet Noise of Life) took place in the Piazza del Duomo, Pietrasanta, Italy, from March to June 2018.
Paddy now is currently exhibiting his marvelous sculptures at the Four Seasons Hotel iun Florence, starting from April 2022, in collaboration with the Frilli Gallery that represents his artworks troughout Italy.