16 September to 18 November
A major, cross-border collaboration between the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, will bring the works of talented County Down artist Margaret Clarke to audiences in Northern Ireland this month.
Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit, which opens at the award-winning gallery in Banbridge on Saturday 16 September, will shine a spotlight on the ambitious and striking works of this acclaimed member of Ireland’s artistic establishment.
Known for her strong and distinctive style, Margaret was in high demand as a portrait painter in the early 20th century and depicted many high-profile figures including prominent Irish statesman and former president Éamon de Valera.
Born in Newry in 1884, Clarke worked her way up from night classes at the local technical college to winning a scholarship in 1907 to study at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art where she was a favourite pupil of celebrated painter William Orpen.
The exhibition, and accompanying illustrated catalogue, also explore the challenges Clarke faced as an artist and how she negotiated being in the artistic shadow of her famous husband, the renowned stained glass artist, Harry Clarke.