Duke's are delighted to host a major retrospective for the internationally renowned artist Padraig Mac Miadhachain (1929-2017). The Exhibition, held in Duke's ground floor gallery space, will focus on the Artist's time in the West Country, where he spent a great part of his life, spending over 60 years living in Swanage, on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck here in Dorset.
Mac Miadhachain (pronounced mac-mee-a-hon) was born in Downpatrick, Co. Down Northern Ireland in 1929.
He painted widely in Ireland, Cuba, Mexico, South America, Morocco, USA, Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and Central Asia.
To celebrate his 70th birthday, in 1999, he had a retrospective exhibition at The Molesworth Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. In 2000 his works were selected by Mary Fedden to be shown in "Fedden's Choice", at Lena Boyle Fine Art. This exhibition included Fedden's work together with works by three of her favourite artists.
In May 2001 he had another very successful solo exhibition at the Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, of his Irish landscapes.
Quote from Padraig MacMiadhachain:
"I have painted all my working life; I love painting, and I have managed to live by it. I make some good paintings and loads of rubbish too (hopefully you won't ever see the latter). I seem to have two moods in working; my usual love of pale greys and warm blacks that are all around me in Dorset and Cornwall, my lifelong fascination with fishing harbours and all their, to me, lovely smells (which I cannot paint). ...and the colour and buzz of Buenos Aires and their ice cream and its fantastic colours, these bright colours have carried over into my recent paintings made in St. Ives and elsewhere."
Selected One, Two and Three Person Exhibitions:
2018 A Life of Painting, Belgrave St Ives, Cornwall
2005 Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2004/07/08 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N Ireland
2000/2003 Lena Boyle Fine Art, London
1999 - 2005 Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (four exhibitions)
1997/2000 New Millennium Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
1993 Salt House Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
1990 - 2008 New Academy Gallery. London (ten exhibitions)
1980/85/87 Canning House Gallery, London
1984 Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1979 Sala Caraisco, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
1975/76 Heals Gallery, London
1971/73 Liberty's Gallery, London
1965/66 Old Town Hall, Reigate
1961 Akademia Sztuk, Pieknych, Krakow, Poland
1960 Queens University, Belfast
1958/59 Woodstock Gallery, London
1958 New Vision Centre, London
1956 Robinson & Cleaver Gallery, Belfast, N Ireland
1955 Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Madrid, Spain
1953 Capitol Theatre Gallery, Dublin, Rep of Ireland
1951/52/53 Donegall Place Gallery, Belfast, N Ireland
1957 Dublin-Moscow Scholarship (Sponsored by the Soviet Government)
1960 British Council Scholarship to Poland (Sponsored by the Polish Government)
1991 Winner Laing National Painting Competition
1992 Winner Daler-Rowney Award, Royal West of England Academy
1993 Winner Laing Regional Painting Competition, Winchester
The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland
Boyle Civic Art Collection
David Whitehead 'Living Art' Collection
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Hertford College, Oxford
Caja Insular de Ahorros de Gran Canaria
Escuela de Bellas Artes (Las Palmas), Gran Canaria
Irish Allied Bank
The Bank of China
Sun Oil International, US