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Brian Maguire

Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s, Brian Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity. He operates a truly engaged practice, compelled by the raw realities of humanity’s violence against itself, and the potential for justice. Maguire’s preoccupations draw him to the margins of the art world—alternative space, prisons, women’s shelters, and psychiatric institutions—making shows in traditional gallery and museum spaces something of a rarity. Maguire’s most recent paintings directly confront issues of migration, displacement and human dignity in the face of the current global unrest. They are some of his most nuanced and ambitious to date, which he has crafted with larger brushes and thinned-down acrylic on canvas. He works slowly, using photographic sources, searching for that point where illustration ceases and art begins. This growing contrast between the seductive painterly aesthetic and the subject matter only adds to the potential impact of these formidable canvases.
 
In 2018, Kerlin Gallery and Fergus McCaffrey published the Brian Maguire monograph, an expansive publication which presents over 30 years of work and features texts by Donald Kuspitt, Thomas McEvilley, Gavin Delahunty, and Ed Vulliamy.

 

Brian Maguire lives and works in Dublin and Paris. 

Selected Works

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Brian Maguire 
Arizona 8, 2021
acrylic on canvas
107 x 148 cm / 42.1 x 58.3 in 

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Brian Maguire 
Arizona 7, 2021
acrylic on canvas
125 x 181 cm / 49.2 x 71.3 in 

 

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Arizona 6, 2021

Brian Maguire
Arizona 6, 2021
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in
 

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Arizona 3, 2020

Brian Maguire
Arizona 3, 2020
acrylic on canvas
200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in   
Collection of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
 

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Brian Maguire 
Aleppo 3, 2017
acrylic on linen
210 x 170 cm / 82.7 x 66.9 in  

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Brian Maguire 
Mexican necklace, 2016
acrylic on canvas
132 x 183 cm / 52 x 72 in 
Collection of The Tia Collection, Santa Fe 

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Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up 2016

Brian Maguire
Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016
acrylic on linen
290 x 270 cm / 114.2 x 106.3 in
Collection of The Tia Collection, Santa Fe

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Brian Maguire 
Nature Morte (4), 2014
acrylic on linen
250 x 170 cm / 98.4 x 66.9 in   
 

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2011 Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia

Brian Maguire 
Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia, 2011
acrylic on canvas
71 x 55 cm / 28 x 21.7 in   

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Brian Maguire
Contemporary Ruin, 2010
acrylic on linen
210 x 146 cm / 82.7 x 57.5 in unframed
216 x 151.5 x 4.5 cm / 85 x 59.6 x 1.8 in framed

 

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Brian Maguire 
Guest Worker, 2007
acrylic on canvas
194 x 144 cm / 76.4 x 56.7 in   
 

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Brian Maguire 
Contemporary Irish History, 1997
acrylic on canvas
180 x 142 cm / 70.9 x 55.9 in  
Collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK 
 

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Brian Maguire 
Elizabeth, 2003
acrylic on canvas
183 x 135 cm / 72 x 53.1 in   
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

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Brian Maguire 
The Big House, 1990
acrylic on canvas
166 x 206 cm / 65.4 x 81.1 in
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane  

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Brian Maguire 
Portrait of a Woman, 1985/90
oil on canvas
157 x 163 cm / 61.8 x 64.2 in  

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Brian Maguire 
Arizona 8, 2021
acrylic on canvas
107 x 148 cm / 42.1 x 58.3 in 

Brian Maguire 
Arizona 7, 2021
acrylic on canvas
125 x 181 cm / 49.2 x 71.3 in 

 

Arizona 6, 2021

Brian Maguire
Arizona 6, 2021
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in
 

Arizona 3, 2020

Brian Maguire
Arizona 3, 2020
acrylic on canvas
200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in   
Collection of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
 

BM37117

Brian Maguire 
Aleppo 3, 2017
acrylic on linen
210 x 170 cm / 82.7 x 66.9 in  

Brian Maguire 
Mexican necklace, 2016
acrylic on canvas
132 x 183 cm / 52 x 72 in 
Collection of The Tia Collection, Santa Fe 

Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up 2016

Brian Maguire
Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016
acrylic on linen
290 x 270 cm / 114.2 x 106.3 in
Collection of The Tia Collection, Santa Fe

Brian Maguire 
Nature Morte (4), 2014
acrylic on linen
250 x 170 cm / 98.4 x 66.9 in   
 

2011 Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia

Brian Maguire 
Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia, 2011
acrylic on canvas
71 x 55 cm / 28 x 21.7 in   

Brian Maguire
Contemporary Ruin, 2010
acrylic on linen
210 x 146 cm / 82.7 x 57.5 in unframed
216 x 151.5 x 4.5 cm / 85 x 59.6 x 1.8 in framed

 

Brian Maguire 
Guest Worker, 2007
acrylic on canvas
194 x 144 cm / 76.4 x 56.7 in   
 

Brian Maguire 
Contemporary Irish History, 1997
acrylic on canvas
180 x 142 cm / 70.9 x 55.9 in  
Collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK 
 

Brian Maguire 
Elizabeth, 2003
acrylic on canvas
183 x 135 cm / 72 x 53.1 in   
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Brian Maguire 
The Big House, 1990
acrylic on canvas
166 x 206 cm / 65.4 x 81.1 in
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane  

Brian Maguire 
Portrait of a Woman, 1985/90
oil on canvas
157 x 163 cm / 61.8 x 64.2 in  

Exhibitions

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Brian Maguire
War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA

 

Brian Maguire
Scenes of Absence, 2019
Rubin Center, Texas University, USA

Brian Maguire 
Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Art Museum Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Brian Maguire
War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Brian Maguire
J’Accuse!, 2015
Void, Derry, Northern Ireland

Brian Maguire 
The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Brian Maguire
War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA

 

Brian Maguire
Scenes of Absence, 2019
Rubin Center, Texas University, USA

Brian Maguire 
Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Art Museum Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

Brian Maguire
War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Brian Maguire
J’Accuse!, 2015
Void, Derry, Northern Ireland

Brian Maguire 
The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Painter Brian Maguire offers a behind-the-scenes look at his studio and works in progress. Maguire's virtual exhibition "Without Borders" was featured in American University Museum's Summer 2020 programme.

Artist Brian Maguire talks to Marianne O'Kane Boal about what inspires him.

Brian Maguire talking about his work and inspiration at the opening reception of his show at Fergus McCaffrey, New York.

Brian Maguire, Blood Rising, 2013, Directed by Mark McLoughlin, Music by Gavin Friday, 83 minute HD Feature Documentary Film, 52 minute TV version / Families of femicide victims of Juarez, seek justice through the help of artist Brian Maguire.

Without Borders

Painter Brian Maguire offers a behind-the-scenes look at his studio and works in progress. Maguire's virtual exhibition "Without Borders" was featured in American University Museum's Summer 2020 programme.

Collapse the Box: Brian Maguire

Artist Brian Maguire talks to Marianne O'Kane Boal about what inspires him.

Fergus McCaffrey Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire talking about his work and inspiration at the opening reception of his show at Fergus McCaffrey, New York.

Blood Rising

Brian Maguire, Blood Rising, 2013, Directed by Mark McLoughlin, Music by Gavin Friday, 83 minute HD Feature Documentary Film, 52 minute TV version / Families of femicide victims of Juarez, seek justice through the help of artist Brian Maguire.