Kaye Maahs is a native of Kerry who has been living in the Burren in County Clare since 2003. She is the recipient of awards and residences, including The Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award that help fund a week long self residency in Iceland (2019); Invited Artist at the Royal Hibernian Annual Exhibition (2018): Awarded Clare County Council’s Tyrone Guthrie Artist Bursary (2017) among others.
In 2016 Irish Times Art Critic, Aidan Dunne described Maahs’ work as “beautifully observed and understated ….Maahs is an artist to keep an eye on.”
Landscape predominates Maahs’ work, and ordinary subject matter within the landscape becomes elevated through her delicate handling of paint. Her palette has been described as both ‘tender’ and ‘judicious’.
Her paintings hold a deep connection to Romanticism, with a contemporary twist often bordering on minimalism. When asked about this Maahs smiles before responding, “I would agree even though ‘impressionistic’ has often been used to describe my work. While I can understand this I tend to see myself as more of an minimalist at heart. I like to take the noise out of my painting, so that it just becomes me, and the landscape.”
“To me there are two halves to my practice, the inspiration and the paint. To borrow Neil Shawcross’ words, “If you follow any painter’s career you (the artist) are known for subject matter, but you are a painter first, and it doesn’t really matter, you need something to trigger your painterly response, but it is the response that matter.” For me it is the response that is at the heart of my practice.”