James Fitzgerald (1899 to 1971) – The Aranmore Drawings

April 14 – June 20

The Regional Cultural Centre in association with the Plattsburgh Museum, New York, presented a major exhibition on the life and work of the Irish / American artist James Fitzgerald. James Fitzgerald was born to an Irish family in Milton, Massachusetts in 1899. He studied at the Massachusetts School of Art from 1919 to 1923, and at the Boston

Museum of Fine Arts School from 1923 to 1924. Between 1923 and 1928, he sailed on fishing ships and freighters, eventually settling in Monterey, California, where he established a studio and became associated with a group including John Cage, Martha Graham, E. F. Ricketts, and John Steinbeck. From 1936 to 1942, Fitzgerald taught painting in California and in 1944 moved to Monhegan, Maine, which he had first visited in 1923. From 1944 to 1971, he worked primarily at Monhegan making annual trips to Mt. Katahdin. During the last six years of his life (1965-71), James Fitzgerald made five extended trips to Donegal, where he produced a large and integrated body of work dealing with themes of Irish life and the aesthetic and moral concerns of the artist. This material (never exhibited before) creates a monumental summation of Fitzgerald’s art. Fitzgerald died suddenly on the island of Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal, in 1971, and is buried in Glasniven Cemetery in Dublin.


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