The Molesworth Gallery


Two curraghs, Cross Abbey, the Mullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo ~ oil on canvas ~ 20 x 24 inches (private collection)



Padraig MacMiadhachain graduated from the Belfast College of Art in mid-1950s and is one of the few surviving artists from that remarkable group that emerged from Ulster in the second half of the Twentieth Century, such as Daniel O'Neill, William Scott and Louis le Brocquy. Like them, he was a regular exhibitor in the Irish Exhibitions of Living Art in the 1960s which helped establish the careers of a generation of Irish artists working outside of the academic tradition.
His work is a distinctive brew of abstract landscape and seascape with a tendency towards minimalism distilled, like Tony O'Malley, through his contact with the St Yves group of artists.


Born: Downpatrick, Co Down, 1929

Belfast College of Art (1947-1949)
National College of Art, Dublin (1950)

Dublin-Moscow 1957, sponsored by the Soviet Government
Poland Scholarship 1960, sponsored by the British Council

1991 Winner LAING National Painting Competition (UK)
1992 Winner Daler-Rowney Award, RWA (UK)
1993 Winner LAING Regional Painting Competition (UK)


Selected group shows, 1951-2005
Ulster Group ’63, Belfast and London
Irish Exhibitions of Living Art, Dublin (1965-1968)
Royal Ulster Academy of Art
Royal Academy of Art, London
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Salon d’Art Libre, Paris
National Gallery, London (Cornwall Exhibition)
Gorky Park Galleries, Moscow
Discerning Eye 1992/ 97, London (both selected by HRH Prince of Wales)
Hunting Prize Exhibition, London
RHA 2002, invited artist.

Selected one/ two-man exhibitions 1951-2005
1951/ 52              Donegall Place Gallery, Belfast
1953                   Capitol Theatre Gallery, Dublin
1955                   Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, 1955                   Madrid
1960                   Arts Council Gallery, Belfast
1970                   Queens University, Belfast
1975                   London Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1984                   Federation of Canadian Artists
1990                   New Academy Gallery, London 1955                   (1990/ 92/ 96/ 98/ 2002)
1999                   The Molesworth Gallery
2000/ 03              Fedden’s Choice, joint show with 1955                   Mary Fedden, London
2001                   The Molesworth Gallery
2003                   The Molesworth Gallery
2005                   The Molesworth Gallery

The Arts Council of Ireland
The National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick
The Tate Gallery
HM King Juan Carlos of Spain
Ronald Alley, former Head of Modern Painting at the Tate Gallery, London
The late Peter Sellars
Hertford College, Oxford
SG Warburg
Treasury Holdings



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