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|Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997)|
An early and persistent painter of landscapes, Charles Brady is more
widely known as a still-life artist. He was born and educated in
Manhattan, New York before joining the US Navy in World War II.
After the war, he returned to New York and took a series of mundane
jobs whilst studying drawing at night class. In 1948 he entered
the Art Students League of New York and took a year long course.
After art school he continued painting, and in the early 1950s began to
exhibit his paintings. He had his first solo exhibition in the
Urban Gallery (New York) in 1955 but lack of money and a chaotic
lifestyle began to take its toll.
In 1956 he left New York and travelled to Ireland where he began
painting the Irish countryside. Although he returned home in 1958, he
moved back to Ireland the following year, settling first in Dublin and
then Dún Laoghaire. Lack of resources forced him to paint small
pictures which duly became a kind of trademark. He concentrated
on still-lifes of mundane items such as envelopes and tickets, which
led one art critic to comment on his skill in converting an every day
object into a work of art through subtle composition and muted
colours. Brady became a lecturer in painting at the National
College of Art and Design from 1976 to 1983.
Brady's paintings were shown in solo exhibitions at the Urban (1955)
and Babcock (1967) Galleries in New York, while in Dublin his work was
most often shown by the Taylor Galleries (1979-81, 1984, 1987-93,
1995). In addition, he has also had solo shows at Davis Gallery, Dublin
(1971) and Grant Fine Arts, Belfast (1994). Brady's artworks have
also appeared in many group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art and Babcock Gallery, New York, and in Philadelphia and San
Francisco. He has also exhibited regularly with Figurative Image,
Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Oireachtas, and the Royal Hibernian
Charles Brady was elected an Honorary Member of the RHA in 1994 and his
work is represented in many private and corporate collections in
Ireland and North America. Among his many artistic awards were the
Douglas Hyde Gold Medal, Oireachtas (1973); PJ Carroll Award, Living
Art Exhibition (1978); Landscape Award, Oireachtas (1975); and the
Keating/McLoughlin Medal awarded by the ESB and RHA (1996).
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