Gladys Maccabe, painter, art critic, lecturer and broadcaster on radio and television, was born in Northern Ireland between the wars. She has been a Diploma holder of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters since 1961 and was elected an Honorary Senior Member a few years ago. In 1980 she was awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts by the Queen’s University and a Diploma of Merit by the University of Parma in 1982.
The Committee for World Culture awarded her the prestigious World Culture Prize in 1985 “in acknowledgement of cultural and proffessional zeal shown in your field of activity and of your important contribution to the improvement of present-day society”.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the International Institute of Arts and Letters, she is an Honorary Member of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and of the Ulster Water Colour Society.
Two-man shows with her husband, Max, include those at The Kensington Art Gallery, London; Thr Richie Hendreks Gallery, Dublin; The Arts Council of Scotland, Edinburgh; The Dawson Gallery, Dublin and the Queen’s University Visual Arts Group.
The New Gallery, Belfast, staged a showing of her pictures to poems by Ann Ruthven and she had a one-man exhibition of her pictures presented by the George Gallery, Dublin, in 1989.
Her work has also been shown in many museums in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, as well as on the Continent, the USA and Canada and she has also been included in displays of such bodies as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, “The Artists of Fame and Promise” Exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries, London, the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Hibernian Academy and the Paris Salon.
Among the Public collections in which she is represented are those of the Imperial War Museum, London; the Thomas Haverty Trust; the Ulster Museum; The Queen’s University; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; the BBC Northern Ireland; the Irish National Self Portrait Collection; Longford County Library; Limerick University; the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum; the Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland and the Royal Ulster Academy’s Diploma Collection.