Cornelius McCarthy was
born in 1935 into a family of Irish Catholic and Eastern European immigrant
His earliest artistic influence was probably through the artefacts and
images used to promote Catholic devotion that he grew up with. Through
these he became familiar with the compositions of the masters of the Italian
Renaissance. Formal study was completed at Goldsmith’s School of
Art, London, followed by a tour of Italy visiting all the principal art
collections and monuments.
Later work was published in 2007 in ‘Cornelius McCarthy’ with
an introduction and commentaries by Peter Dobson (published by Adonis
Now widely regarded as a true master of paintings depicting the male form
he is widely collected in England, the rest of Europe, and especially
the United States.
He died unexpectedly in November 2009.
In 2014 his biography will be published by Gallery MooiMan. It is written by Peter Dobson.