Maura FlanneryMaura was born in Galway and after spending some years working in Dublin, returned to Galway on marriage, and lives there today where she practices her art from a studio in her home.
Maura has always had an interest in art and creative activities and spent many years painting watercolour scenes of Galway, for which she is well known. She studied art at the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology at Cluain Mhuire, Galway, and obtained a Diploma, with distinction, in 2000.
Her fascination in urban landscape grew from the observance of all the changes that were taking place around her since her childhood years in Galway. In order to convey a sense of movement and change in the City of the Tribes, she has employed the use of many different materials. The building industry inspired the use of plaster, glass, wire, lead, bitumen and acrylic paint.
The colours used in some of the artist's work are subtle pastel shades indicating misty almost dream-like and nearly forgotten memories. Meaning can also be given to the markings used. These can be seen as roads, housing estates, bridges etc., as observed from on high, an aerial view.
She has had works selected in Iontas Small Painting Competition on two occasions in 1998 and 2000. She obtained a commission to paint St. Enda's College, Galway, and this was completed in 1997. The Art College at Cluain Mhuire purchased one of her pieces from the Diploma Show and it is on display at the college. Cuain Cathriona in Castlebar, Co. Mayo has also purchased and put on display a triptych from her Diploma Show.
1994 - 2000 G.M.I.T., Diploma with distinction in Paint and Print
- IONTAS 2000 and 1998
- Diploma Show at G.M.I.T., Cluain Mhuire, Galway
- Groups Show, Logan Gallery, Galway - August 2000
- Group Exhibitions at The Kenny Gallery, Galway
- G.M.I.T., Galway
- St. Enda's College, Galway
- Cuain Chaitriona Nursing Home, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
- Various private collections in Ireland, England and the USA