Clement McAleer – Selected Work, 1973 – 2023 – F.E McWilliam Gallery

QSS artist Clement McAleer  will present a major survey exhibition of selected works from 1973 – 2023 at The F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Armagh from 14 October 2023 – 3 February 2024

The exhibition  opens on Saturday 14th October 2023, 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Clement McAleer was born in Co. Tyrone.  After the Foundation Course in Belfast (1971-72) he studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art (1972-75) and the Royal College of Art, London (1975-78). He was awarded the J Andrew Lloyd Award for Landscape Painting (RCA) in 1978 before moving to Liverpool where he was a prizewinner in the John Moores Exhibition (XI). He then settled in Liverpool and was based in a studio in the Bluecoat Arts Centre for twenty five years. He kept in regular contact with his home base in Ireland over the years with residencies and holding exhibitions in various parts of the country. In 2003 he then moved  to Belfast where he joined Queen Street Studios (Belfast’s oldest established artist’s studio group). In 1981 he was awarded a Major Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in the same year completed a Mural commission for The Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The focus of McAleer’s paintings, is primarily landscape; not the particularities of place, but rather the restless, shifting aspects of nature where cloud or water, land or sea transforms themselves atmospherically, one into another. The Irish coast is a dominate source and the memory of it lurks everywhere in the studio. Travels in Europe and America have also inspired a number of works, particularly the series of railway paintings in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, where a stronger emphasis on structure again entered the work. Sometimes a visible grid is created and then submerged, abstracting each painting, serving also to release it slowly as the sense of ‘being there’ establishes itself.

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is dedicated to the memory of sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists. F.E. McWilliam was born in Banbridge on the 30th April 1909. He died in London in 1992 and the executors of his estate donated the sculptor’s studio and its contents to the town of his birth.
Featuring a permanent display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craft shop, café and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio attracts a wide range of local, national and international visitors.


Oct 14 2023 - Feb 03 2024


F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio
200 Newry Rd, Banbridge BT32 3NB

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