Maurice Canning Wilks: 19 interesting facts

Maurice Canning Wilks (1910–1984) was an Irish landscape painter. Born in Belfast in 1910 to a linen designer, he was educated in Belfast at the Malone Public School and attended evening classes at the Belfast College of Art. While attending speculative he was awarded the Dunville Scholarship allowing him to attend morning classes. He went on to exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin where he would one hours of daylight become an belong to member. He was plus elected a full enthusiast of the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA).

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After college, Wilks resided in Cushendun, in the Glens of Antrim. Wilks’s to the lead landscapes were mainly of the Irish northern and western counties including Donegal, Antrim and Kerry. He was inspired by the Irish landscapes of James Humbert Craig.

During his career he went upon to exhibit internationally in London, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.

In his complex years he maintained a summer studio at Sutton where he painted many scenes of the area including Dublin Bay.

His works are in public collections throughout the world including the Ulster Museum, Armagh County Museum, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the Office of Public Works in Dublin and the Limerick City Art Gallery.

Wilks died in 1984.

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