Cornelius McCarthy

Cornelius McCarthy (1935-2009) was among the top painters of the male form working in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. Trained at Goldsmiths College in the 1950's, he was greatly influenced by the work of Pablo Picasso following the first great post-war exhibition in London in 1960. Later McCarthy was influenced by the British artist Keith Vaughan and many of his early works show the influence of these great artists.

But McCarthy was a deep-thinking man, and a hard-working man. Always painting, he developed his own style, a style that presented his (mainly) male subjects as individuals in their own right. His work is characterised by a solid sense of composition and the use of still-life elements that often give a 'cubist' feel to his paintings.

Since his untimely death in 2009, many early paintings and drawings have come to light that were never intended for exhibition. These have been collected into special pages on this website as his 'Legacy' works. They provide a less expensive way of acquiring an original McCarthy, as well as demonstrating his artistic development.

A fully illustrated book about McCarthy including essays on his life and work can be bought from the gallery below. This book provides an excellent introduction to the work of this leading artist - an artist whose fame would be much more widespread if his subject matter had not been largely limited to the male form in art.  Other publications are also available and can be found at the end of the page of paintings.

Thumbnail image: 'Radiant Affinities- the Life and Work of Cornelius McCarthy'
'Radiant Affinities- the Life and Work of Cornelius McCarthy'
£30 GBP
(€34 EUR)
($39 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Daniel Undressing' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Daniel Undressing' by Cornelius McCarthy
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£1850 GBP
(€2116 EUR)
($2430 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Sam's Blue Shorts' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Sam's Blue Shorts' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1650 GBP
(€1887 EUR)
($2168 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Alfresco Picnic' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Alfresco Picnic' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Cornelius McCarthy' by Peter Dobson
'Cornelius McCarthy' by Peter Dobson
£18 GBP
(€21 EUR)
($24 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Entertaining Michael' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Entertaining Michael' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Beach Hut Interior' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Beach Hut Interior' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Golden Couple' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Golden Couple' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Cornelius McCarthy' Commemorative Catalogue
'Cornelius McCarthy' Commemorative Catalogue
£6 GBP
(€7 EUR)
($8 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Ray Reclining' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Ray Reclining' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'The Tower' by Cornelius McCarthy
'The Tower' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1750 GBP
(€2001 EUR)
($2299 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Tabernacle - Jack Dressing' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Tabernacle - Jack Dressing' by Cornelius McCarthy
£2000 GBP
(€2287 EUR)
($2627 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Night Nudes' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Night Nudes' by Cornelius McCarthy
£2000 GBP
(€2287 EUR)
($2627 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'The Blue Vest by Cornelius McCarthy
'The Blue Vest by Cornelius McCarthy
£2000 GBP
(€2287 EUR)
($2627 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Kneeling Boy' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Kneeling Boy' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1400 GBP
(€1601 EUR)
($1839 USD)
Thumbnail image: 'Blushing Boy' by Cornelius McCarthy
'Blushing Boy' by Cornelius McCarthy
£1250 GBP
(€1430 EUR)
($1642 USD)