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Brian Maguire’s painting practice is driven by the struggle against inequality and violence, and the pursuit of justice. Compelled towards the raw realities of human conflict, Maguire approaches painting foremost as an act of solidarity, rehumanising his subjects and recentring the narratives of the disenfranchised. Social engagement plays a central role, leading him to work closely and interactively with refugees, survivors of warzones, incarcerated peoples, and local newsrooms in locations including Sudan, Syria, São Paulo and Ciudad Juárez. This subject-led approach requires negotiating an exchange, establishing a method of working that attempts to “repay the debt” to its subjects. Maguire’s direct observation of conflict zones puts his practice adjacent to forms of war reporting or photojournalism, but while his artworks might begin as acts of bearing witness, his task in the studio is to transform his testimony into blisteringly powerful works of art. There is a resulting tension between the raw and visceral nature of Maguire’s subject matter and the seductive, illusory nature of painting itself. Rather than abandoning aestheticism, Maguire uses painterly skill, surface and texture to draw us into an uncomfortable relationship in which ethical vision functions as part of the poetic imagination, resituating art in the concrete social structures from which it is so often removed.
 
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 4, 2020
Brian Maguire  Arizona 8, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 8, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 8, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 4, 2020

Brian Maguire 
Arizona 4, 2020
acrylic on canvas
78.7 x 118.1 x 2 in 

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Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021

Brian Maguire 
Arizona 10, 2021
acrylic on linen
140 x 160 cm / 55.1 x 63 in 

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Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021
Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021

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

 

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Brian Maguire 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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Brian Maguire Arizona 3, 2020
Brian Maguire Arizona 3, 2020
Brian Maguire Arizona 3, 2020
Brian Maguire 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

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

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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Brian Maguire Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016
Brian Maguire Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016
Brian Maguire 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

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

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Brian Maguire  Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia, 2011

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

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

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

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
Brian Maguire  Elizabeth, 2003
Brian Maguire  Elizabeth, 2003
Brian Maguire  Elizabeth, 2003
Brian Maguire  Elizabeth, 2003

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

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

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 4, 2020

Brian Maguire 
Arizona 4, 2020
acrylic on canvas
78.7 x 118.1 x 2 in 

Brian Maguire  Arizona 10, 2021

Brian Maguire 
Arizona 10, 2021
acrylic on linen
140 x 160 cm / 55.1 x 63 in 

Brian Maguire  Arizona 7, 2021

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

 

Brian Maguire Arizona 6, 2021

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

Brian Maguire 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
 

Brian Maguire  Aleppo 3, 2017

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

Brian Maguire  Mexican necklace, 2016

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

Brian Maguire 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

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

Brian Maguire  Brenda Berenice Costillo Garcia, 2011

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

Brian Maguire Contemporary Ruin, 2010

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

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

Brian Maguire  Contemporary Irish History, 1997

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

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

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

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

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address and Other Border Stories, 2021

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

 

Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019
Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019
Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019
Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019
Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019
Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019

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

Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019
Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019

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

Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018
Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018

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

Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015
Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015
Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015
Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015
Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015
Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015

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

Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 
Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 

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

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

 

Brian Maguire Scenes of Absence, 2019

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

Brian Maguire  Escenarios de ausencia (Scenes of Absence), 2019

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

Brian Maguire War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, 2018

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

Brian Maguire J’Accuse!, 2015

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

Brian Maguire  The Quick and the Dead, 2009 

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.