Dorothy Mary Guinness




Mary Catherine "May" Guinness

An early Irish modernist, a pupil of André Lhote's and a friend and teacher to both Evie Hone and Mainie Jellet, May Guinness was born in 1863 in Ireland as Mary Catherine Guinness. She began exhibiting in 1892 with the WCSI, with whom she was to show more than 120 paintings over the next sixty years. In 1894 she travelled to the Cornish art colony of Newlyn, along with fellow watercolourist Mildred Anne Butler. Around 1910 she first visited France, finding inspiration there from various artists including Kees van Dongen (1877-1968). In Dublin she encouraged younger artists to experiment with colour and form, whilst applying herself to various mediums including fresco painting and decorative needlework. During the First World War she was a military nurse and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. She had an exhibition of her work at the St Stephens Green Gallery in 1922, and another ten years later at the Mills' Hall in Merrion Row. She exhibited with the Dublin Painters and the IELA, as well as at the Victor Waddington Galleries. A retrospective was held the year after her death at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin. Her painting 'A Religious Procession In Brittany' is in the NGI.

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