Visual Arts

Charles Brady

Born in New York, Charles Brady studied at Arts Students’ League from 1948-51, after which he moved to live in Ireland. He was a lecturer in painting at the National College of Art and Design from 1976-83. He was elected HRHA in 1994.

In 1995, Seán Ó Mórdha produced a film documentary profile about him, An American in Ireland. He had solo shows in his native New York: at the Urban (1955) and Babcock (1967) Galleries; in Dublin, his work was most frequently shown by the Taylor Galleries (1979-81, 1984, 1987-93, 1995); he has also had solo exhibitions at Davis Gallery, Dublin (1971) and Grant Fine Arts, Belfast (1994).

He participated in group shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1950); Babcock Gallery, New York, (1965), Penn. Academy, Philadelphia (1967), Two Artists with John Middleton (1975) and with Rosaleen Davey (1977) at the Caldwell Gallery, Belfast; Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco (1987-90) and Gateway to Art, Aer Rianta, Dublin Airport (1990). He also exhibited regularly with Figurative Image, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Oireachtas, and Royal Hibernian Academy. His work is held in many private and corporate collections in Ireland and the US.

Among his many 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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