Maeve McCarthy is one of Ireland's finest figurative painters. She works within the traditional genres of landscape, still life and portraiture, using a variety of subjects - experimenting with composition, colour, light and technique.

Born in 1964, McCarthy spent several years in the USA following graduation from NCAD and has also worked in film animation in Ireland and Germany. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery, London. McCarthy has won several awards, mainly for portraiture. Her portrait of Maeve Binchy is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Her work is also held by the National Museum, the Haverty Trust, the National Self-Portrait Collection, the OPW, the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal College of Physicians. She has been a full member of the RHA since 2007. She is a member of the RHA and has been selected three times for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.