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Maria Simonds-Gooding has been identified as one of Ireland's foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the Sixties. Her work, which has been exhibited internationally, is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Born of an English father and an Irish mother, Maria Simonds-Gooding spent her first six years in India, and the experiences of those early years set the foundation for her life-long fascination with remote places, where people have remained close to the land. After India, her family returned to Ireland to live in County Kerry. Maria made her home and studio on the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands, where she settled after completing her studies at Bath Academy Corsham in 1968.

Since the late Sixties, Maria Simonds-Gooding has lived a comparatively reclusive life, emerging only for her exhibitions, or to travel to other equally remote parts of the world. These places include Bhutan, Greece, Sinai, and India, where she has taken journeys into the Toda and Shologa tribes people.

While still attending Bath Academy Corsham (1966-1968), Maria Simonds-Gooding became more and more interested in working with plaster on large flat boards, and it was also at this time that drawing and the use of line became a central expression in her work. It was not until 1974 that Maria started to explore printmaking and, in particular, etching. She attended the Graphic Studio Dublin, then in a basement on Upper Mount Street. She would dedicate months at a time to etching, and later she worked intermittently in graphic studios in New York, Jerusalem, and Amsterdam.

Representing Ireland, Maria Simonds-Gooding exhibited in Young Artists 75, New York, where she met Betty Parsons who later came to Ireland and visited her studio. This was a turning point in Maria's career, and in 1978 she had her first show with Betty Parson's in her 57th Street gallery in Manhattan, and continued showing with her until Betty Parsons death in 1982.

After an extensive exhibition at the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork ­ works from 1965­1985 ­ she returned to painting with oil directly onto paper, thinly spread with a limited vibrant palette. These paintings were concerned with bogs shaped by turf cutting. This work continued for two years, during which time it was exhibited at the Solomon Gallery London (1986) and the Taylor Galleries Dublin (1987).
review: Philip Vann ­ Arts Review, October, 1986]

In 1993, Maria Simonds-Gooding's work was interrupted for two years by a knee operation. By 1995, when she was able to work again, Maria returned to her plaster work, and began adding new texture to it. This was done with grog, a substance made of broken down fire bricks. This work was first shown at the Taylor Galleries in 1998. Following this exhibition, James O'Nolan, the then director of the Graphic Studio Dublin, invited Maria Simonds-Gooding to make a series of carborundum prints. This proved a most successful undertaking, and in 2000, the work was shown at the Graphic Studio Dublin and the Lemon Street Gallery Dublin.

In 2002, Maria Simonds-Gooding was commissioned to design a tapestry for the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. She became totally absorbed and fascinated with weaving and its interpretation of her work. After her second tapestry was made in Ireland, she traveled to the legendary Aubusson France for the weaving of her third tapestry. These latter two tapestries will be in her forthcoming exhibit at Taylor Galleries Dublin, linking into her new works in plaster.

1939 Born in India
1962-1963 National College of Art, Dublin
1963-1964 Le Centre de Peinture, Bruxelles
1966-1968 Bath Academy of Art, Corsham
1981 Elected Member of Aosdána
Lives in Kerry since 1947

2004 Fields of Vision, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2000 The Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
The Vangard Gallery, Cork
The Lemonstreet Gallery, Dublin
1998/87/85/80 Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1988 Galerie Timao, The Haque
The Gallery, Lavitts Quay, Cork
1986 The Solomon Gallery, London
Córas Tráchtála, Brussels
1985 Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Works from 1965-1985
1983 Hoshour Gallery, New Mexico
1982/78 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York

Exhibits Regularly at the Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin
2003 Trasnú, Collaborative Exhibition with
Cathal O'Searcaigh, An Gailerai, Co. Dhún na nGall
2002 Irish Art and the Old Testament, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Line/Exploration, curated by the artist,
The Lavitt Gallery, Cork
2001 Estampe 2001 Ireland - France 2001
Print Exchange
2000/1995 The London Original Print Fair at the Royal
Academy of Arts, London
The Lemonstreet Gallery, Dublin
1999 The Lavitt Gallery Cork, curated by
Tony O'Malley
Primal Means, the Belltable Arts Centre,
Limerick, curated by Sam Walsh.
George Moore Art Exhibition
Mayo/Anthony Cronin Tribute
1995 Poetic Land - Political Territory.
An NCCA Touring Exhibition (England)
1993/91/89 Norwegian International Print
Triennale, Fredriktad.
RHA Academy Without Walls, Dublin
1991 Represented in the Great Book of Ireland
1990 Irish Art - The European Dimension
RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
1989/86 Damon Brandt Gallery, New York
1987 S.A.D.E. Crawford/Municipal Gallery, Cork
1983 Jack Tilton Gallery, Inter Art, New York
1982/80/79/78 Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
1980 Festival of Arts, Birmingham, Alabama
1980 The Delighted Eye, Irish Painting and
Sculpture of the Seventies,
1979/70 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin
1978 The Member's Gallery, Allbright-Knox
Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1976 Graphic Studio, retrospective, at Municipal
Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin
1975 Young Artist 75", New York (representing Ireland)

2002 Commissioned by Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin for The Ice Bar - tapestry
2000 Commissioned by Behaviour & Attitudes, Marketing
Research - two etchings limited edition
1981 Commissioned by the Leinster Leader book cover for
Ar Seachráin by Tomas Ó Cinnéide
1981 Commissioned by the stamp advisory board. 18p and
19p denomination stamps on Irish folklore (The Europa Series)
1973 Commissioned by the Leinster Leader book cover for
Céad Bliain by Micheál Ó Ciosáin
1972 Commissioned by the Talbot Press to illustrate the
unexpurgated edition of Tomás Ó Criomhthain's An tOileánach

1995 Special commendation award, Galway Arts Centre,
Fifth National Print Exhibition
1986 An tOireachtas Landscape Award
1985 Listowel Fourth International Print Biennial 1985
1970 Irish Exhibition of Living Art (Carroll Award ofr under 40's)
adjudicated by Sir Roland Penrose

2004 Catherine Marshall, Catalogue Introduction, Fields of Vision
Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2003 Aidan Dunn, Catalogue Introduction, Trasnú
An Gailearai, Co Dun na nGall
Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Catalogue Essay, Trasnú
An Gailearai, Co Dun na nGall
2000 Aidan Dunne Irish Times 8/3/00
William Crozier, Catalogue Introduction
Graphic Studio, Dublin
2002 Julia Neuberger, Catalogue Introduction, Irish Art and the Old Testament
The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
1998 Catalogue of the Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art
1998 Brian Fallon, Irish Times 27/1/98
1995 Poetic Land - Political Territory, NCCA
1990 Irish Art - The European Dimension
1986 Hillary Pyle, Arts & Artists October 1986
Philip Vann, Arts Review October 1986
1985 Aidan Dunne - Magill - May 1985
Hillary Pyle, Irish Arts Review, Autumn 1985
Anthony Cronin, Catalogue Introduction, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
Peter Murray, Catalogue Introduction, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
1982 Donald B. Kuspit, Artforum, 1982
Grace Glueck, New York Times, May 1982
1981 Dr. Francis Ruane Modern Irish Landscape Painting
1978 Noel Frackman, Arts Magazine, June 1978

An Chomhairle Ealaion, The Arts Council, Dublin
The Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico
Allied Irish Banks, Dublin
P.J. Carroll & Company Limited, Drogheda
Commission of the European Communities, Brussels
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin
Guinness Peat Aviation Collection, Limerick
The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Office of Public Works, Dublin
Pratt Graphics Centre Collection, New York
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.
The Saatchi Collection, London

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