About the Artist
John Maher was born in south Dublin. His themes in painting are often drawn from those causes he is passionate about and from Art itself.
These include implicit references to conflict, peace, climate crisis and community issues with a post-modernist agenda.
Widely exhibited with solo shows hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London, Palais de Congress,Evain, The Royal Observatory, Greenwich,The British Council, Ghana, Dublin’s Civic Museum, The International Gallery, Vongy, France. The Casino Gallery, Deauville, and the Academia Bordighera,Italy. and Galerie Bussana Vecchia, San Remo.
Davis Gallery and Irish Distillers in Dublin etc.
His series Le FRAGILE and BLOODY NOSE have been featured in his solo shows in the United Nations, Geneva (1996 &1998). His more recent PENDULUM and UNDERGROWTH works are included in important US and Continental collections.
Mostly self-trained, he studied Art part- time in the National College of Art, Dublin, Buckingham Gate School, London. (Under Wilfred Avery) He received his Art History Diploma at University College, Dublin. In
1998 he was awarded with a Masters Degree in Art in Education by City University. London.
In 1979 he was commissioned to prepare a manuscript of his drawings of artifacts of early Christian Ireland on vellum which was presented to His Holiness on his visit. This was presented to the Pope an behalf of the people of Dublin.
He has travelled widely-three times around the world visiting: West Africa, Argentina, China, the Caribbean islands, Brazil, North and South America, Alaska, Russia, Australia, Singapore, Egypt, New Zealand Hawaii and Polynesia. He has lived in Spain, Munich, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Ghana and Geneva. When asked why so much travelling he replies ‘I want to see it all for myself’.