Irish Artist Directory
Michael Augustine Power

Michael Augustine Power O'Malley (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Michael Augustine Power O'Malley

Lived: 1878 - 1946

Categories: West of Ireland landscapes, Murals

Artist Biography

Until a few decades ago the painter Power O’Malley was better known in America than in Ireland, with many of his paintings included in prestigious collections there.

Born in Co. Waterford in 1878, Power O’Malley went to study in France and Italy, though exactly where is not clear. Nor is it known when he emigrated to the United States. After his arrival, he studied painting under Walter Shirlaw (1838-1909), Robert Henri (1865-1929) at the National Academy of Design, New York. He settled in Scarborough, New York.

Power O’Malley returned several times to painting in the West of Ireland, especially on Achill. He won first prize for landscape painting at Aonach Tailteann in 1924. He was invited to participate in the Brussels Exhibition of Irish Art in 1930 and exhibited a painting entitled This is my Beloved Son. An exhibition of his paintings was held at the Crawford Municipal School of Art, Cork in 1940 and one of the works on show Himself and Herself, was purchased for the School of Art by the Gibson Committee.

In the U.S.A., Power O’Malley established a reputation as a fine painter at the San Antonio Exhibition, Texas in 1927 and he exhibited again there in 1929. He spent some time in Hollywood working as a scenic artist. He painted a number of murals including one at the Sleepy Hollow Club, Scarborough, New York. His work was acquired by American museums and galleries, among them the Philips Collection, Washington; the Library of Congress, Washington; Fort Worth Museum of Art, Texas; the Whitt Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas; and the Museum of Modern Irish Art, Vassar College, New York.


Michael Augustine Power O'Malley Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Michael Augustine Power O'Malley (1870-1946) Fishing Boats in a Harbour Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 76...

Hammer Price €5,000.00

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