london debut at ALICE BLACK, SOHO
3 APRIL - 30 MAY 2019
Brian Maguire was born in 1951 in Dublin, Ireland. Over the last 40 years he has established a reputation as an artist of singularly uncompromising vision and far reaching impact. Driven by the raw realities of humanity, conflict and the potential for justice, Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity and as a vehicle for opposition. An activist, a correspondent and a voice for the dispossessed, his commitment to his subjects draws him to the margins of the art world. He is an artist of prisoners of war, refugees, the disenfranchised and minority groups, as well as alternative spaces such as prisons, women’s shelters, and psychiatric institutions. Maguire’s most recent paintings directly confront issues of migration, displacement and human dignity in the face of the current global unrest. Maguire’s art simultaneously exposes, whilst also illuminating the possibilities of social transformation.
Maguire has shown extensively in Europe and the US, and Asia. Current and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Juarez to Aleppo, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, El Paso; Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Juárez, Mexico (all 2019) and American University Museum, Washington DC, USA (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include War Changes Its Address:The Aleppo Paintings, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2018); The Absence of Justice Demands This Act, Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2015); Other selected shows include: Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art and Francis Bacon’s Studio, at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2013); X Espacio de Arte, Mexico City (2013); Femicide/ Juarez: Paintings by Brian Maguire, at the European Parliament, Brussels (2012); Residency at the Coolmine Therapeutic Centre, Dublin (2009); Fairview Project, solo show at Galway Arts Centre in collaboration with Fairgreen Homeless Shelter(2005); Inside/ Out, Solo travelling exhibition at Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork (2000); Representation of Ireland at the XXIV Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil (1998); Irish Art 1970-1995, Fuller Craft Museum, Boston (1995); 11 Cities / 11 Nations, First solo exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (1990);Crossroads, Turns of the Mind: Some New Irish Art, first major exhibition of contemporary Irish art to tout North America (1985-87); Making Sense, Arts Council of Ireland touring show(1982).
Public collections include: Arts Council Collection - Dublin – Ireland; Crawford Art Gallery -Cork – Ireland;Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Dun Laoghaire RathdownCounty Council – Dublin; Gemeentemuseum - The Hague-Netherlands; Irish Museum of Modern Art– Dublin; Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland; Kilkenny Art Gallery Collection, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland; Liverpool University, UK; Museo de Arte do Rio - Rio de Janeiro – Brazil; Museum of Fine Arts - Houston - Texas , USA; National Institute of Higher Education Limerick, Ireland; National Portrait Collection, Uni of Limerick Office of Public Works - Trim ,Ireland; Openbaar Psychiatrisch Zorgcentrum, Geel, Belgium; Shankill Leisure Centre - Belfast - Northern Ireland; Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Trinity College – Dublin; University College - Cork and Dublin; Wicklow County Council – Ireland; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK.