Maurice Canning Wilks ARHA RUA was born in Belfast in 1910, the son of a linen designer. He attended Malone Public School, Belfast and went on the study at Belfast College of Art. After winning the Dunville scholarship by Queens University, Belfast at only nineteen he exhibited at the R.H.A., Dublin and also at the Oireachtas. In his early years as an artist he resided in Cushendun, in the Glens of Antrim. He has sketched and painted all over Ireland, but he especially liked the atmosphere of Donegal and the West of Ireland. In his later years he had a summer studio at Sutton, Co. Dublin which enabled him to paint many scenes of Dublin and Dublin Bay. He exhibited in London, Montreal, Boston and Toronto and his paintings have been shown at the Royal Academy, London. Hh had several one man exhibitions at the Victor Waddington Gallery, Dublin and in later years at the Walker Gallery, Coleraine, The Malone Gallery, Belfast, The Bell Gallery, Belfast and at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin. He is represented in many public and private collections including the Ulster Museum, Armagh County Museum and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.