Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire, 
Apartments Aleppo, 2016,
acrylic on linen,
290 x 270 cm / 
114.2 x 106.3 in
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Brian Maguire, Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016, acrylic on linen, 290 x 270 cm / 114.2 x 106.3 in

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Brian Maguire, Stalingrad (Metro) Paris, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 150 cm / 27.6 x 59.1 in

Brian Maguire, The Unknown Dead, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in

Brian Maguire 
The Known Dead 
2015
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in  
Brian Maguire, 
Strange Fruit (Europe), 2016,
acrylic on linen,
60 x 120 cm / 23.6 x 47.2 in
Brian Maguire 
Wu 
2016
acrylic on canvas
46 x 35.5 cm / 18.1 x 14 in 
Brian Maguire 
Cocaine Laundry series
2015
acrylic on canvas
46 x 38 cm / 18.1 x 15 in  
Brian Maguire 
Grow house 1 
2015
acrylic on canvas
140 x 110 cm / 55.1 x 43.3 in 
Brian Maguire 
Grow house 2 
2015
acrylic on canvas
140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in
Brian Maguire 
Police Graduation (Juarez) 
2014
acrylic on linen
300 x 400 cm / 118.1 x 157.5 in
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 
Nature Morte No. 10
2014
acrylic on linen
180 x 300 cm / 70.9 x 118.1 in  
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Brian Maguire 
Nature Morte No. 9
2014
acrylic on linen
150 x 210 cm / 59.1 x 82.7 in   
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Brian Maguire 
Massacre (Loredo) 
2014
acrylic on linen
290 x 265 cm / 114.2 x 104.3 in   
 
Brian Maguire 
Guadalupe Veronica Castro
2012
acrylic on linen
82 x 76 cm / 32.3 x 29.9 in   
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
Brian Maguire 
House for Singing
2010
acrylic on linen
140 x 150 cm / 55.1 x 59.1 in
Brian Maguire 
Heart of a Heartless World (Cathedral, Cuidad Chihuahua)
2010
acrylic on linen
220 x 210 cm / 86.6 x 82.7 in
Brian Maguire 
Have you insurance?
2008
acrylic on canvas
208 x 146 cm / 81.9 x 57.5 in
Brian Maguire 
Memorial for Crumlin Youth
2007
acrylic on canvas
46 x 38 cm / 18.1 x 15 in

Brian Maguire, Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, Kerlin Gallery, 1st July - 20th August 2016

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Brian Maguire
J'Accuse
The Void, Derry, Northern Ireland
28 November 2015 – 6 February 2016
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Brian Maguire
The Absence of Justice Demands This Act
Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, New York
March 5 - April 25, 2015
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Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio
BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels 
28 February - 19 May 2013
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Brian Maguire
An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom
Visual, Carlow
6 October 2012 – 6 January 2013
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Brian Maguire
Mexican Painting
Embassy of Mexico, Ireland
11 May - 23 June 2012 
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Notes on 14 Paintings 

2011

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Brian Maguire, Hidden Islands: Notes from the war on the poor, Kerlin Gallery, 21 March - 19 April 2008

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  • 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.

b. 1951, Dublin, Ireland.
 
A fiercely expressive painter, Brian Maguire’s work essentially emerges from social and political situations and approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity. He operates a truly engaged practice, compelled by the raw realities of humanity’s violence against itself, and the potential for justice.
 
Since 2010, his work has focused on the Mexican city Juárez, addressing the phenomenon of feminocidio – the killing of women ostensibly due to their gender – by working with the families and women affected, and by becoming ‘embedded’ with crime reporters on the city’s newspaper El Norte. Of the work, Maguire states, “My purpose is to show respect to the victims of violence, to remove all the easy rationalisations which excuse, cover over, and protects us from this reality. As the man is dead, the painting keeps his death in the present. The absence of justice demands this act.”
 
In connection with this work, Maguire recently collaborated on a documentary feature film, Blood Rising, which was screened at Curzon Cinema, London (2014) and premiered at the closing Gala of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (2013). In the past, Maguire has often undertaken residencies in closed institutions such as mental homes and prisons. In these situations, the artist focuses on elucidating individual identity – an emphasis that has, at times, led to disrupting the status quo.
 
Maguire has shown extensively in Europe and the US, also participating in shows in Korea, China and Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include The Void, Derry (2015–2016); Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2015); X Espacio de Arte, Mexico City (2013); European Parliament, Brussels (2012) and Cultuurcentrum de Werft, Geel, Belgium (2012). In 2000, a major retrospective toured from Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston.
 
Group exhibitions and biennales include the Irish Museum of Modern Art; WIELS, Brussels; VISUAL, Carlow; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; RAM Foundation, Rotterdam; National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Dublin Contemporary (2011); the Beijing Biennale (2008) and the 24th Sāo Paolo Bienal (1998).
 
Maguire’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Trinity College Dublin; Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland; Gemeentemuseum, Den Hague, Netherlands; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK; and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

 

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'10 of the best artworks at Art Cologne'

Artspace

17 April 2016

Brian Maguire's painting Police Graduation (Juárez) has been highlighted in '10 of the best artworks at Art Cologne' by Artspace.

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Brian Maguire, J'Accuse

The Void, Derry, Northern Ireland

28 November 2015 – 6 February 2016

Solo exhibition

For his forthcoming exhibition with Void, Maguire is developing a new series of paintings, large works which interrogate the international war on and for drugs, the violence of a destabilised state and the darkness that permeates borderlands and trade between wealthy and poorer nations.

 

Film Screening: 

A screening of Maguire's film Blood Rising will take place at The Nerve Centre, Derry, 8pm on Friday 27 November. Part of the Foyle Film Festival.

 

Seminar:

A seminar will take place at Void, 7pm on Friday 27 November. Brian Maguire, Eamonn McCann and Ed Vulliamy will participate in the panel discussion, 'In The Absence of Justice'. 

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Brian Maguire, 15 Artists to Watch in 2015

ArtNet.com

20 April 2015

Brian Maguire has been selected by curator and critic Christian Viveros-Fauné as one of 15 Artists to Watch in 2015 for ArtNet.com.

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Screenings 'Blood Rising'

Cork: 16 November at 3pm | London: 29 November at 4pm

Cork: Triskel Arts Centre | London: Curzon Victoria

Through the lens of an artist, Brian Maguire, who has spent time in Juarez getting to know the families left behind, the film looks at the fallout and follow up to femicide and whether the families can ever find peace.

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Screening of 'Outsider' and 'Blood Rising'

'Outsider' - Thursday 1 May 10.45pm / 'Blood Rising' - Thursday 8 May 10.45pm

RTÉ Television

The first film, 'Outsider', is a documentary of the relationship between a republican Frank Quigley from Belfast, Brian Maguire, and Edward Cahill, a member of Martin Cahill's group in Dublin. All three met inside Portlaoise Prison in the mid 80s to the mid 90s while working and studying on the NCAD's course in the prison. All three continue to work as artists and colleagues today. The second film, 'Blood Rising' is a documentary of the work Brian Maguire has been making in the city of Juarez with families of murdered female factory workers. The feature film version has been recently premiered by the Curzon Cinema, Soho, London.

 

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Screening 'Blood Rising' / Q&A Mark McLoughlin & Brian Maguire

Wednesday 2 April 6.30pm

London's West End at Curzon Soho, UK

Through the lens of an artist, Brian Maguire, who has spent time in Juarez getting to know the families left behind, the film looks at the fallout and follow up to femicide and whether the families can ever find peace.

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Blood Rising

February 11 2014 at 13:30

European Parliament

Blood Rising – Daughters of Juarez: A Story of the World on Tuesday 11 February, 13.30-16.00 in Brussels, European Parliament, ASP 3H1. The film documents the work of Brian Maguire, who spent six years working with the families of victims of femicide in Juarez, Mexico.

 

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Changing States

Contemporary Irish Art and Francis Bacon's Studio

28 February - 19 May 2013

Bozar Centre for Fine Art Brussels

Bozar Centre for Fine Arts presents Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio. This contemporary exhibition featuring works from Dorothy Cross, Willie Doherty, Brian Maguire, William McKeown, Paul Seawright amongst others, explores the concerns and innovations of a generation of Irish artists who have made significant contributions to art practice since 2000.

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Blood Rising

24 February 2013

Savoy Cinema Dublin

Blood Rising, the documentary film featuring artist Brian Maguire and directed by Mark McLoughlin will be premiered at the Savoy Cinema Dublin, the closing weekend of the Jameson Dublin Film Festival on Sunday 24 February at 7:30 pm

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Brian Maguire

An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom

06 October 2012 - 06 January 2013

Visual Carlow

Since 2009 Brian Maguire has travelled on a number of occasions to Ciudad Juárez in Mexico,  described as the most violent city on earth. On a journey to uncover and bring to international attention the endemic injustices and cyclical nature of the violence that occurs in this place Maguire has involved and collaborated with a number of artists, journalists and human rights activists, in an effort to uncover what it is that perpetuates this violence and strengthen the voice calling to attention the grave situation that has come to define this place. 

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'Painted back to life', The Guardian

by Ed Vulliamy

4 May 2014

The Guardian - The Observer

"You have to bring some value to the place and people, which gives you the right to work there. And that value can be negotiated. For a start, I can take their story outside Mexico, and tell it to Europe… I can campaign for them by showing my paintings in museums… I try to give something to their children." 

- Brian Maguire, quoted in 'Painted back to life' by Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian, 4/5/14

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