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.”
Forthcoming exhibitions include a major solo show of new painting and sculpture at Château La Coste, France (2018). Previous exhibitions include Yoshii Gallery, Paris (2017) and New York (2016, 2010); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013, 2009, 1993, 1990); Accademia Fine Art, Monaco (2012); BePalermitano, Buenos Aires (2012); Freies Museum, Berlin (2011); John Rocha, London (2010); Osborne Samuel Gallery, London (2004) and Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (2001). Guggi’s work is held in the public collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Château La Coste, Le Puy Sainte Réparade, France and Akureyi Municipal Art Gallery, Iceland and collected by both private and corporate collections in Ireland and abroad.