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David Campbell

1952 – 1984

David Campbell formed a determination to become an artist while a student at Erina High on the New South Wales Central coast. He studied from 1973 to 1977 at the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education. Over the following years, he lived and worked in the loft of a building on the corner of Pitt and Market streets (now a Macdonalds franchise). His sister, Elizabeth Campbell, recalls that painting and playing his flute were all he wanted to do, although he worked as a cleaner, a tennis coach, a professional surfer, an assistant in an aged care facility and a waiter at Tattersalls. Janie Raffin organised a one-man show of his work at the Civic Centre Orange, and in August 1979, on the initiative of Collin Clarke, Myer’s chief display artist, 22 Myer windows fronting two Sydney streets were filled with his watercolour paintings. While living and painting in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, David Campbell was killed as he rode his motorbike back to Sydney to work.

Updated 2018