Conrad Furey grew up in Baie Verte in a family of 11 children; his father worked as a fisherman, logger, trucker, and miner. The artist's enduring subjects intertwine the themes of his Newfoundland boyhood, and often include men and women at work and play. Furey's slightly oversized figures are painted in clean primary colours and a naïf style that convey the feeling of a dream-like memory. The figures dominate uncluttered contexts and are most-often engaged in archetypal Newfoundland activities: fishing, card-playing, mummering, manoeuvering a boat.
Born in 1954, Furey began his artistic training by studying commercial art in St. John's and continued at Sheridan College in Brampton. He settled in Hamilton, Ontario, where he worked as a curator and television set-designer before turning to painting full-time. He created a number of large-scale murals in Hamilton, as well as smaller paintings and sculpture.
Conrad Furey described himself as an artist who relied more on instinct than formal technique. His work is in the permanent collection of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, as well as many other public, private, and corporate collections. Conrad Furey passed away in 2008.