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Gallery 1608 County Antrim

Maccabe, Gladys

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BIO: Gladys Maccabe  HRUA ROI FRSA.

 

Born in Randalstown, Co. Antrim in 1918, to an artistic couple - her mother Elizabeth was a designer in the linen business, and her father George Chalmers, a former army officer, was an artist specialising in calligraphy and illumination. One of her ancestors was a famous 18th century Scottish painter, Sir George Chalmers. She had a picture published in the Royal Drawing Society's magazine when she was 16 years old and went on to study at the Belfast College of Art. In 1941 she married fellow artist and musician, the late Max Maccabe. Gladys and Max exhibited together on many occasions, starting in Ireland at Robinson & Cleaver in Belfast, 1942, and in England at the Kensington Art Gallery in 1949.

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