Irish Artist Directory

Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Maurice MacGonigal PRHA

Lived: 1900 - 1979

Categories: Landscapes, Portraits, and Stained Glass

Artist Biography

Maurice MacGonigal was apprenticed to his uncle Joshua Clarke’s glass studio in his hometown of Dublin at the age of fifteen, where his cousin Harry Clarke gave him much encouragement. Politically active in his youth, he joined the first Na Fianna Éireann in 1917, being interned first in Kilmainhal Gaol and then Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Down. When released from internment in 1921, MacGonigal returned to the Clarke studio before he won a scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Art where he studied painting under Sean Keating, Patrick Touhy and James Sinton Sleator. He subsequently taught at the school for over thirty years (later the National College of Art) and became professor of painting. 

MacGonigal's association with the RHA began in 1924, and he exhibited annually, being elected a full member of in 1933. He succeeded his former tutor Sean Keating as president of the academy in 1962, retaining the position until two years before his death. As well as exhibiting at the RHA he showed regularly at the Dawson and Taylor Galleries, and in 1991 a posthumous retrospective was held at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.

MacGonigal was known not only for his painting but also his set designs for the Abbey Theatre, book illustrations, posters for the Irish Army and a mural he produced in 1939 for the New York World’s Fair in 1939. His works can be found the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Lane, Crawford Gallery and Ulster Museum.      

Maurice MacGonigal's work was included in Adam's loan exhibition 'Ireland: Her People and Landscape' (2012). Please click here for a link to the catalogue.

Currently On Sale at Adam's

Lot 51

Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Coastal Scene, West of I...

Estimate Price €3,000.00 - €5,000.00

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Maurice MacGonigal Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Beached Fishing Boats at Loughshinny Oil on canvas, 61 x 68.5...

Hammer Price €32,000.00

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Maurice MacGonigal RHA (1900-1979) Corr an Lochaig, Dingle Pennisula, Kerry Oil on board, 40 x 76...

Hammer Price €32,000.00

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Maurice MacGonigal PPRHA (1900-1979) The Sheepmen Oil on board, 43.25 x 63.5cm, (17 x 25'') Signe...

Hammer Price €30,000.00

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Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA, (1900-1979) Dingle Fair, Co. Kerry, 1974 Oil on canvas, 126 x 100cm (49...

Hammer Price €25,000.00

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Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979) Duhallow River, Conemara OIl on Canvas, 50 x 75cm (19.75 x 29...

Hammer Price €24,000.00

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