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At jjcountrylifeart we have high regard for the artwork of Hugh Monahan and consider that his pictures represent very good value.
Hugh Monahan was born in Dublin the son of a high court judge in the Indian civil services. After spending his early years in India he was sent to school in England where he studied history at Pembroke College in Cambridge and then art at The Royal Hibernian Academy.
He had a preference for painting in oils and secured his reputation with his atmospheric trademark pictures of wildfowl. He was a talented artist able to keep the oils he used flowing over the canvas which created a sense of movement in his subjects. His work was a combination of realism and impressionism with the result that his pictures are best viewed standing back where contrast in light and atmosphere can be best appreciated.
Hugh Monahan became President of the Wildfowlers Association between 1953-1956, and he co-authored Wildfowlers Year 1953. He exhibited at Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin during the 1950’s and at the British bird art fair at the Belfast museum. Later in his career he went on to exhibit through Rowland Ward, The Tyron in London and other leading galleries.