Charles McAuley Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers
Charles McAuley

Charles McAuley was a landscape and figure painter born in Glenaan, Co Antrim. He used either oil, watercolours or ink and his subject matters included rivers, mountains, seascapes and rural villages. In 1929, Charles won the premier award for Celtic Design and the adjudicator was James Humbert Craig who turned out to be the first professional painter that McAuley had ever met. Craig said, ‘People will think you crazy when they see you out painting in the fields but don’t you pay any heed.’ McAuley’s response, ‘a great influence on me and I suppose was really responsible for my turning into a professional artist.’ Charles then sent a few of his works to the Royal Hibernian Academy, which were accepted.


With McAuley living at a difficult time, he was challenged with having to paint to live. Charles painted landscapes rather than figures simply because that is what people wanted. He once said that he could have moved in order to have a better career but nothing made him happier then painting in the Glens of Antrim. On top of these landscapes, he did produce a number of portraits of which he had been commissioned or of family members and these can now be seen in private collections.

 

Hewitt said, ‘his growing awareness was not merely graphic but demographic. This has made him for me the authentic regional artist, the painter who belongs to and finds his themes in a known place.’

 

McAuley’s first solo exhibition was at the Master’s Hang Gallery, Ballymena and today many of his works can be in private collections and in the Ulster Museum. 

Charles McAuley - Unsold artworks for sale

There are currently 3 unsold artwork(s) that are open to offers

Charles McAuley - Auction results

There have been 274 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 88 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 88 Sale Date: 05 December 2007
    Result: £9,500
  • Lot 77 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 77 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £5,800
  • Lot 133 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 133 Sale Date: 08 October 2008
    Result: £5,200
  • Lot 238 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 238 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £4,000
  • Lot 44 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 44 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £3,800
  • Lot 128 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 128 Sale Date: 05 December 2007
    Result: £3,600
  • Lot 28 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 28 Sale Date: 05 December 2007
    Result: £3,500
  • Lot 105 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 105 Sale Date: 03 December 2008
    Result: £3,200
  • Lot 157 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 157 Sale Date: 03 March 2010
    Result: £3,200
  • Lot 118 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 118 Sale Date: 02 June 2010
    Result: £3,200
  • Lot 32 by Charles McAuley at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 32 Sale Date: 05 March 2008
    Result: £2,800