Brian Maguire

Brian Maguire, Phylis Hyman, 2019, acrylic on linen, 

Brian Maguire, Calvery, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 290 x 320 cm

Brian Maguire, Syria 2, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 76 cm / 24 x 29.9 in   

Brian Maguire, England's Border in Ireland, Lon: 7.2571; Lat: 54.1768, 2018  2018, acrylic on linen, 61.5 x 81.5 cm / 24.2 x 32.1 in

Brian Maguire
Mexican necklace 2016
acrylic on canvas
132 x 183 cm / 52 x 72 in  

Brian Maguire
Thief : Today You Shall Be With Me In Paradise 2019
acrylic on canvas
290 x 320 cm / 114.2 x 126 in  

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

Brian Maguire, Aleppo 5, 2017, acrylic on linen, 290 x 387 cm / 114.2 x 152.4 in   

Brian Maguire, Aleppo 1, 2017. acrylic on linen, 200 x 160 cm / 78.7 x 63 in   

Brian Maguire, Aleppo 4, 2017, acrylic on linen, 200 x 400 cm / 78.7 x 157.5 in  

Brian Maguire, 
Apartments Aleppo, 2016,
acrylic on linen,
290 x 270 cm / 
114.2 x 106.3 in
Additional Views

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

Additional Views

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
Additional Views
Brian Maguire 
Nature Morte No. 10
2014
acrylic on linen
180 x 300 cm / 70.9 x 118.1 in  
Additional Views
Brian Maguire 
Nature Morte No. 5
2014
acrylic on linen
150 x 210 cm / 59.1 x 82.7 in   
Additional Views
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 
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
Scenes of Absence
Rubin Center, University of Texas
26 September - 13 December 2019
Additional Views

Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, 26 January – 6 May 2018

Additional Views

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

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

 

Notes on 14 Paintings 

2011

Additional Views

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

Additional Views
  • 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.
 
Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s, Brian Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity. He operates a truly engaged practice, compelled by the raw realities of humanity’s violence against itself, and the potential for justice. Maguire’s preoccupations draw him to the margins of the art world—alternative space, prisons, women’s shelters, and psychiatric institutions—making shows in traditional gallery and museum spaces something of a rarity. Maguire’s most recent paintings directly confront issues of migration, displacement and human dignity in the face of the current global unrest. They are some of his most nuanced and ambitious to date, which he has crafted with larger brushes and thinned-down acrylic on canvas. He works slowly, using photographic sources, searching for that point where illustration ceases and art begins. This growing contrast between the seductive painterly aesthetic and the subject matter only adds to the potential impact of these formidable canvases.In 2018 Maguire released his newest publication that displays a substantial new artist monographm surveying his career to date. Maguire has shown extensively in Europe and the US, also participating in shows in Korea, China and Japan.
 
Recent solo exhibitions include: War Changes It’s Address, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, (2020); Scenes of Absence, Rubin Center, Texas University, TX, USA, (2019); Escenarios de ausencia, Art Museum Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, (2019); War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, (2018); Concerned, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2018) and the European Parliament, Brussels (2012). Recent group exhibitions include: Naked Truth, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, (2018); Demise, Cleveland University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA, (2018); The sea is the limit, York Art Gallery, York, UK, (2016); Conversations, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014) and Ni Una Mas, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, (2010).
 
Maguire’s work is represented in the collections of Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Museum of Fine Art Houston, Texas; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands; Alvar Alto Museum, Finland.

 

 

Download PDF

Brian Maguire, Scenes of Absence

Rubin Center, University of Texas

26 September - 13 December 2019

This abbreviated retrospective of Irish artist Brian Maguire showcases his large-scale work in response to zones of conflict around the world.

More Info


Brain Maguire, Escenarios de ausencia

Art Museum Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

20 September - 24 November

Brian Maguire is an Irish painter with a unique and inclusive vision. Activist, correspondent and a voice for the dispossessed and marginalized, Brian presents an exhibition consisting of four chapters that encompass political and social problems lived in his native Ireland, the devastation of the war in Aleppo, Syria and drug trafficking on the border of States United and Mexico. In the latter approaching still painful issues for our society with portraits of the missing girls of Juarez.

More Info


Brian Maguire Reception & Book Signing

Fergus McCaffrey (Booth 0.A52), FIAC, Paris

19 October 2018, 4–6pm

In collaboration with Fergus McCaffrey, Kerlin Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Brian Maguire’s new monograph at FIAC 2018. 

More Info


Brian Maguire, ‘HUMANITY Site Unseen’

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

8–11 September 2018

Brian Maguire, HUMANITY Site Unseen is an exhibition of new work inspired by the men, women and children the artist met when he travelled to a Protection of Civilian camp in Bentiu, South Sudan with Concern Worldwide. The camp is home to 120,000 people who have been displaced by war.

More Info


Brian Maguire in ‘Demise’

The Galleries at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA

31 August – 5 October 2018

Demise is a group exhibition curated by artist John L. Moore. A powerful meditation on the meaning of life and death, it features work by six prominent contemporary artists: Rina Banerjee, Esperanza Cortés, Jae Rhim Lee, Brian Maguire, Paolo Pelosini and Levent Tuncer.

More Info


Dorothy Cross, Brian Maguire & Kathy Prendergast

Naked Truth, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

13 July - 28 October 2018

This major exhibition surveys the nude and the naked body as depicted by Irish artists, focusing on interconnecting themes of political allegory, domestic intimacy, gender politics, artistic training, censorship, sexuality and display. The exhibition features work ranging from historic Sheela na-gigs, to artists including Francis Bacon, James Barry, Dorothy Cross, Robert Fagan, Amanda Coogan, Mainie Jellett and Brian Maguire.

 

Curated by William Laffan and Dawn Williams  

Visit Website


Brian Maguire in The Sea is the Limit

York Art Gallery

4 May – 2 September 2018

Group exhibition exploring the current and ongoing issues of migration, dispossession and national borders.

More Info


Dorothy Cross & Brian Maguire in Coming Home

Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin

8 March 2018 – 30 June 2018

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is an exhibition of the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art, shown for the first time in Ireland. 

More Info


Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

26 January – 6 May 2018

Brian Maguire solo exhibition, bringing together the artist's latest body of paintings, resulting from a visit to Syria in 2017.

More Info


Willie Doherty & Brian Maguire in Outposts

Glucksman, Cork, Ireland

1 December 2017 – 11 March 2018

Group exhibition curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney, in association with Professor Nuala Finnegan, Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studios, UCC. Artists: Katharina Cibulka, Willie Doherty, Dragana Jurisic, Bouchra Khalili, Brian Maguire, Teresa Margolles, Dara McGrath, Larissa Sansour, Hrair Sarkissian, Javier Téllez, Jun Yang.

More Info


Brian Maguire in Waanzinnige Grenzen

Wilford X, Temse, Belgium

8 June 2017 – March 2018

Evolving group exhibition with Nico Beddeleem, Mekhitar Garabedian, Sachita Islam, Myriam Loyensm, Karl Meersman and Sven Unik.

More Info


IMMA Collection: A Decade

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

28 April 2016 - 8 January 2017

Works by Willie Doherty, Elizabeth Magill and Brian Maguire are among those included in IMMA Collection: A Decade, an exhibition of some of the highlights from IMMA's collection over the past ten years.

More Info


'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.

More Info


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'. 

More Info


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.

More Info


Brian Maguire, The Absence of Justice Demands This Act

Fergus McCaffrey, New York, NY, USA

5 March – 25 April 2015

Solo exhibition

Since 2010, Maguire has worked regularly in the Mexican city of Juárez—the murder capital of the world—where more than 5,000 people have been butchered by drug cartels over the past six years. The exhibition includes fourteen large paintings completed between 2012 and 2014 that address the Mexican drug war.

More Info


Brian Maguire, Screening of 'Blood Rising'

Cork: Triskel Arts Centre | London: Curzon Victoria

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

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.

Visit Website


Brian Maguire, Screening of 'Outsider' and 'Blood Rising'

RTÉ Television

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

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.

 

Visit Website


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

London's West End at Curzon Soho, UK

Wednesday 2 April 6.30pm

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.

Download PDF Visit Website


Brian Maguire, Blood Rising

European Parliament

February 11 2014 at 13:30

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.

 

More Info


Brian Maguire

Seed Corn is not for Harvesting and other Works

17 October - 8 November 2013

XEspacio De Arte, Mexico City

Brian Maguire's solo exhibition Seed Corn is not for Harvesting and other Works at Xespacio de Arte, Mexico opens Wednesday 16 October from 7 - 10 pm.

 

More Info


Brian Maguire, Remember Them

Victoria Gallery & Museum Liverpool

27 September 2013 - 1 February 2014

The exhibition ‘Remember Them’ brings together a group of international artists - Brian Maguire, Julián Cardona, Lise Bjørne Linnert and Teresa Margolles - to highlight the issue of femicide on the Mexico-USA border.

More Info


Brian Maguire, Panchaea

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow

26 April - 24 May 2013

Panchaea: In Search of an Equal Utopia & a Willing Suspension of Disbelief opens Friday 26 April at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art Carlow. This group exhibition presents work by Denis Roche, with Emma Finucane, Brian Maguire & people using the mental health service in Carlow - Dolmen Studios.

More Info


Brian Maguire, Blood Rising

Savoy Cinema Dublin

24 February 2013

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

More Info


Brian Maguire, An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom

Visual Carlow

06 October 2012 - 06 January 2013

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. 

More Info



The Visual Artists' News Sheet

'Painting as Solidarity'

March–April 2018

"There is an archival and forensic nature to this work. Justice failed the Jews in Europe and every text I’ve read emphasises that their story be told in the future. And who does the telling? Artists. When asked why Ireland had so many writers, Becket said: 'when you are in the last ditch, there’s nothing left to do but sing.' The only thing left is to ensure that the story is told. I see myself as a storyteller, as a contemporary history painter. The logic of the work rests in the telling of these stories.'—Brian Maguire, as told to Joanne Laws

Download PDF

The Times

Wicklow artist finds unbroken spirits and forbidden love amid ruins of Syria

12 December 2017

Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings documents Syria’s ruined
buildings and uses flecks of colour to highlight how normality is returning.

“You walk down these long streets and everything is wrecked, but then you turn a corner and there’s a lively coffee shop or a small flower garden growing amidst the rubble,” Maguire said. “It was nuanced hope.” He travelled to Syria because he wanted to know what life was like on the ground for those who remained.—Catherine Sanz

Download PDF

Irish Examiner

Irish artist paints the reality of Syrian city, Aleppo

30 January 2018

The paintings are a first-hand account of the devastation of war. They are, in that sense, mute witnesses to atrocity. Being in a room with one of his large canvasses is an invitation to see another dimension in what has become a sadly familiar landscape of urban destruction.

Seeing these shells of buildings reimagined as art, outside of the context of daily news bulletins, is to reconsider them, to empathise, to imaginatively engaged with a scale of the loss that sometimes is easier to ignore.—Alan O'Riordan


The Irish Times

'Paintings that tell the story of war'

5 August 2017

Canyons of gutted structures, black, grey and beige against the sky. Shrapnel holes that make walls look like gruyère cheese. Apartment buildings collapsed into stacks of pancaked floors.

The Irish painter Brian Maguire’s giant canvases of eastern Aleppo are so real one feels one could walk into these streets of devastation.—Lara Marlowe

Visit Website

The Guardian

'Painted back to life'

4 May 2014

"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, as told to Ed Vulliamy

Download PDF Visit Website