Charles McAuley was a landscape and figure painter born in Gruig, Glenaan, Ireland, one of the nine Glens of Antrim, now in Northern Ireland on March 15, 1010. Despite being from a small rural village, Charles pursued painting from an early age, in an area when farming was one of the main sources of life and income. He went on to become a landscape and figurative painter. He used either oil, watercolours or ink and his subject matters included rivers, mountains, sea-scapes and rural villages.
With McAuley living at a difficult time, he was challenged with having to paint to live. He once said that he could have moved in order to have a better career but nothing made him happier than painting in the Glens of Antrim.
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. Charles painted landscapes rather than figures simply because that is what people wanted.
Many of his works are in private collections. There are several of his paintings in public collections, for example at the Ulster Museum and Queen’s University Belfast.