(1913 - 2003)
Born just before the great war, Maurice lived through extraordinary times. Not only did he witness the massive technological and social changes of the 20th century, he was also an Irishman and a fervent if questioning Roman Catholic. He witnessed the transition to Irish independence and, as an army officer, was involved in the development of the State of which he was patriotically proud.
Active as an artist from the age of 15 until his death at the age of 90, his work often reveals subconscious influences of external stimuli though his spirituality always shines through.
Maurice's formal education was limited, and his training as a draughtsman and later in the army encouraged the respect for authority, rules and procedures that had been established in childhood. At the same time he was a natural intellectual thinker, a lover of books and learning, and a sponge-like absorber of new ideas. This led to the conflict between self-discipline and free artistic expression which is evident in much of his work.
These pages are an ongoing tribute to Maurice and is a work in progress. Material will be added as it becomes available.