Maurice Meade


Maurice Meade

A native of Cork, Maurice Meade graduated from Crawford College of Art in 1972 immediately afterwards taking up a teaching post with Sligo VEC. Between 1980 and 1996, Maurice held a number of senior posts with the Department of Education: Chief Advising Examiner, Education Officer on the Curriculum Examinations Board, and NCCA Education Officer for Art, Craft, Design. Maurice played a pivotal role in the formulation and implementation of the innovative Junior Cert Art, Craft, Design syllabus which was introduced to schools nationally in 1989. Maurice was a founder member of Sligo Art Gallery. Solo exhibitions include Sligo Art Gallery and The Origin Gallery, Dublin and he has exhibited in group shows such as the North West Artists Exhibition at Sligo Art Gallery, The Hermione Art Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin, Kennedy Art Gallery, Harcourt Street Dublin and the Lavit Gallery, Cork. Public clients include Stiefel Laboratories Inc. Sligo and Co. Sligo VEC. Willow Design and Publishing have featured Maurice’s work in a WB Yeats series of cards, calendars and prints. He was awarded two residencies at the prestigious Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry founded by Dr Noelle Campbell-Sharp.


Artist’s Statement

My work is inspired by my interactions with the iconic landscape of County Sligo and its local history, poetry, music and culture along with dreams I have had. From these perspectives, my paintings explore the fundamental nature of form and sound and place. Abstraction and explorative composition enable me to deconstruct my interactions with my surroundings and construct new perceptions and meaning. I love to find interesting natural and manmade objects and resurrect them through painting. As a musician, sound and making music are important concepts in my work. Striking compositions and representations of music and nature are recognisable features of my work. My earliest childhood memories are of my parents encouraging me to draw and paint. I paint to tell a story about my deep connection with Sligo.  


Further information


Knocknarea by Maurice Meade

 Streedagh Gold by Maurice Meade

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