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Mick Flaherty

Mick Flaherty

Michael Flaherty was born in Cloghane on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry in 1950. Michael studied in Maynooth, Cork and Sligo before returning to Kerry in 1989. Here he developed his distinctive style of painting to convey his love of the Kerry landscape.

On Flaherty...

Aidan Dunne - Irish Times Art Critic. Kilcock Art Gallery, 2000

"Michael Flaherty is best known for his landscapes, spontaneous, lyrical compositions that bring to mind aspects of the work of artists as diverse as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Henry and Sean Mc Sweeney. He is uninhibited in use of paint, that is of the physical stuff, the pigment itself, which he has on occasion worked in layers of imposingly thick impasto, and of course in his use of paint as colour."

"Flaherty's work clearly doesn't set out merely to record a scene in terms of its appearance, it enacts the excitement of the sexual experience of an environment and, equally, excitement of painting."

Green Lane Gallery, Dingle.

"Michael effectively conveys a sense of panoramic space by simplifying his subjects rather than getting bogged down by fussy details. Elemental shapes saturated with intensive colour - red, blues, greens, lilacs and pinks, earthen colours vary according to the changing conditions, communicating to us not only the artist's perceptions but also his powerful feelings for his native Dingle peninsula."

RTE Aug 1999 - Review by John Hunt

"This is a remarkable exhibition. Incredibly fresh, incredibly instant. He captures very quickly, scenes which he's very, very familiar with. He's been seeping up this landscape for quite some time, but when he parks the canvas by the side of the road, or the middle of the field, or wherever, zoom, he's in there and out in jig time. Remarkably few mistakes, but he captures that instant to perfection...

Remarkably assured technique... bright pictures, just celebrating his local landscape... Then there are darker ones, like the cliffs at Dunquin, deep black, bits of navy deep sea, then this forbidding cliff face. This is the power of nature: you don't mess with that.

The painting of the wave is dark, frightening. Nolde did famous wave many years ago, but this guy is doing his own thing. He owes nothing to nobody, but he's a very self-assured painter, whether it's these bright, happy scenes which sucks us in to enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the landscape, he has us under control. Remarkable pictures"

Exhibition History

His work has featured in many group and solo shows around Ireland, Britain, Europe and the USA. His work is represented in a wide variety of public and private collections including Irish Life, ESB, Dublin University, Kerry Food, various Government Departments, New York University and Commerz Bank of Frankfurt, as well as others listed below:


Educated in St Brendan's, Killarney, County Kerry.
1973B.A. Degree, University College Cork / H.Dip. Ed. National, University, Maynooth
1973-77Municipal Art College, Cork & Sligo Regional Technical College


1979-82Travelling and exhibiting in Scotland and Ireland
1985-86Peacock Theatre, Dublin, exhibition to coincide with run of W.B. Yeats Plays
1986I.C.A.F. London, agent-Ginnel Gallery, Manchester
1988"Artist and the Bomb" exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham
1988Hendricks Gallery, Dublin, solo Exhibition "La Revolution", exhibition, curated by Kerlin Gallery
1990-94Kenny Gallery, Galway. Two person exhibition
1990Sligo Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition
1991Listowel Writers week, Solo Exhibition
1992-01Kilcock Art Gallery, Kilcock, Co Kildare. Solo Exhibitions
1993Royal Hibernian Academy
1994Grant Fine Art, Antrim. Solo Exhibition
1995-01Kenny Gallery Galway, Solo Exhibitions
1995Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, New York, curated by Kilcock Art Gallery
1995Ulster Academy
1996Grant Fine Art, Kilcock, Co Kildare. Solo Exhibitions 1996 Cork, Arts Society, Solo Exhibition
1996Guinness Hop Store- Three person exhibition 1996 Gateway to Art- Dublin Airport
1996Sligo Art Gallery
1997Gateway to Art-Dublin Airport. / Vanguard Gallery, Macroom, Co.Cork - solo exhibition
1998Grant Fine Art, Kilcock, Co Kildare. Solo Exhibition
1998Listowel writers week
1998"Profile 1V", Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Co Kerry
1999Greenlane Gallery, Dingle - Solo exhibition
2000Siamsa Tire, Tralee "Heads" - Solo exhibition
2000Lavit Gallery, Co Cork - Solo exhibition
2000RDS, Dublin
2001The Bluecoats Theatre, Sligo


  • ABN Amro
  • AIB Group, Dublin
  • AIB New York
  • Arthur Anderson & Co
  • Avonmore Plc
  • Brian Burns Collection, California, U.S.A.
  • Bausch & Lomb, Waterford
  • Central Bank
  • Colourtech Computing Ltd
  • DAIWA Bank Plc, New York
  • Department of an Taoiseach
  • Department of an Tanaiste
  • Dock Holdings Ltd
  • Dublin City University
  • E.S.B - Electricity Supply Board
  • Government Offices
  • Guinness Peat Aviation
  • I.B.E.C.
  • International Company Services (Ireland) Ltd
  • Irish Intercontinental Bank
  • Irish Life
  • Irish Management Institute
  • Irish Permanent Building Society
  • Kerry Foods
  • Lee Strand, Co. Kerry
  • Merrill Lynch Corporate Finance
  • National Portrait Collection, University of Limerick
  • National Treasury Management Agency
  • New York University, Washington Square
  • Shannon Development
  • Sovereign International Co.
  • St Lukes Hospital
  • U.S. Ambassador Mrs Jean Kennedy Smith
  • Ulster Investment Bank
  • United Drug
  • Vincent Ferguson Collection
  • Private Collections in Ireland and around the world