Maura Muckian

Maura Muckian
1 The Port of Annagassan
Oil on canvas
90 x 70 cm
Commissioned by Louth County Council for County Hall, Dundalk.
2 A L’ombre, Port Louis
Oil on canvas
48.5 x 58.5 cm
Purchased from the exhibition Coloured Ground, at The Basement Gallery in 1998.

Maura Muckian was born in Carlingford and currently works from her studio there. She works mainly in oils, but also uses pastels, acrylic and watercolours. She exhibits her work widely and her work is held in many public collections including those of The Office of Public Works, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland.

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“If you love it…. do it!”
Maura is influenced by the Impressionist school of painting whose prime concern was the changing effect of light on objects. “My images are inspired by light and colour. I like to think of myself as a colourist and use bold rich complimentary colours applied liberally enabling me to achieve an atmospheric and dramatic effect.”
Maura explains that “from the time I could hold a pencil I was always drawing”. She attended evening art classes while she was working in Dublin and she started painting in oils in 1975. Woodcarver John Haugh invited her to exhibit her work and “people liked and bought my work.”

Port of Annagassan was painted in 1999 and was one of the artworks commissioned for Louth County Council’s new offices. “I was inspired by the still reflections of the boats at low tide. I think the piece captures the tranquillity of the port in evening sunlight”.

A L’ombre Port Louis was painted 1998, and was one of 35 pieces in Maura’s solo exhibition Coloured Ground in the Basement Gallery, Dundalk. “I painted it in Port Louis, France. I was inspired by the magnificent light and cast shadows. This painting brings me back to a beautiful sunny summer’s day spent with my husband and two children in the North of France”.
Maura paints every day in her studio ‘The Byre’, fulfilling commissions and completing work for exhibition and galleries. “I do not feel it is work because I love what I do so much”.

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