Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery
Dukes Gallery


A West Country Retrospective

16th March to 27th March 2020
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm
Private View Tuesday 17th March 6pm to 8pm


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)

Prizes include:

1991   Winner Laing National Painting Competition
1992   Winner Daler-Rowney Award, Royal West of England Academy
1993   Winner Laing Regional Painting Competition, Winchester

Selected Collections:

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
Sussex University
Caja Insular de Ahorros de Gran Canaria
Escuela de Bellas Artes (Las Palmas), Gran Canaria
Irish Allied Bank
The Bank of China
SG Warburg
Kobe Steel
Sun Oil International, US