Born in Belfast in 1937, Harry has been living and painting on the Causeway Coast
since 1968, when he joined the staff of the New University of Ulster.
Harry McMahon’s approach to art is eclectic. He started painting landscapes in the
seventies, became a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society within a couple of years
and mounted several successful exhibitions of watercolours in the eighties and nineties.
On retirement from university teaching he practiced in sculpture, printmaking, digital
animation and performance on his way to a first class degree in Fine and Applied Art in
2006, before switching back into landscape painting, this time working in oils.
In his early eighties and still venturing onto new ground, he has drawn on past academic
studies in physics to explore the abstract expression of scientific ideas, with two recent
exhibitions mounted as part of the annual Northern Ireland Science Festival.
Recent oil paintings of the Causeway Coast can be found at the PortstewART gallery on
Portstewart Promenade, 1608 Gallery in Bushmills, Gracehill Gallery in Ballymena and
the Puffin Gallery in Ballycastle.