b. Dublin, 1959
Guggi began his career as a musician with the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performative spectaculars on the European underground, before concentrating full time on painting. Since the early 1990’s Guggi’s work has continued to explore the depiction of common everyday objects. With a focus on repetition and abstraction, Guggi’s signature motifs of bowls and other vessels are transformed and freed of their context often articulated with a deceptive simplicity that heightens their stillness and meditative presence.
Kelly Grovier, historian and art critic, writes of Guggi’s work: “Objects from another world that don't sit so much as shudder, as if lit from an energy deep inside that confounds their substance. Excavations of dissolving form – half-remembered and half-erased – at once poignant and philosophical.”
Recent solo exhibitions include: Broken, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (December 2019) and Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: 185th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, (2016); summer 2010, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2010); Annual Print Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, (2008); Amnesty International, IMMA, Dublin, (2004) and Three-person exhibition, National Municipal Gallery, Iceland, (1995).
Guggi’s work is represented in the collections of The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Château La Coste, Le Puy Sainte Réparade, France; Akureyi Municipal Art Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland and in private and corporate collections worldwide.