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    Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

    ‘Wall Landline Moor’, Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated by the artist, 2024 © Sean Scully

    An exhibition featuring significant gifts to Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery opens today. Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy features significant gifts from 1908 to 2024. Highlighting recent additions to the gallery’s collection is “Wall Landline Moor” by Sean Scully, generously donated by the artist. It joins the impressive installation of “Untitled” by Richard Gorman, a series of largescale works on handmade Koso Washi Japanese paper donated by Neil Jordan and Robert Maharry. The show brings together two previously unseen works  on paper by Alexander Calder “To Bambi” and “Lo Oscuro Invade” donated by Madeleine McGahern, a monumental painting “Victory” by Lawrence Carroll donated by Lucy Jones Carroll  and the spectacular posthumous portrait of the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin,  “Kathleen Clarke” by Brian Maguire.

    Barbara Dawson, Director of Hugh Lane Gallery said: “Since its foundation in 1908, Hugh Lane Gallery has been fortunate in receiving significant donations that add to the wealth and depth of this national collection of modern and contemporary art. In Sacred trust: Donations and their Legacy, we celebrate that legacy with a new generation of supporters whose gifts align with our strategic vision in the 21st century. These artworks will be conserved and enjoyed for generations to come”.

    ‘Kathleen Clarke’, Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. Donated, 2023. © Brian Maguire


    Wednesday, July 19th, 2023
    Brian Maguire – Rainforest 7, 2023. Image courtesy the artist and Kerlin Gallery

    An exhibition by Brian Maguire at Triskel Christchurch in Cork runs until September 30.  Entitled Then I laid the floor it is a collaboration with James Concagh (Sao Paulo) and Robert James Heishman (Chicago).  Brian Maguire explained: “In 2022 James, Robert and I convened in Brazil to embark on a project called The House That Valdemar Built. This centres on a deep engagement with the self-built family home of James’ in-laws in the Jabaquara community on the outskirts of São Paulo. The aim of our meeting was to produce works that told the story of one specific family who have been discriminated against because of their migrant status of being from the Northeast of Brazil.

    The exhibition’s title Then I laid the floor comes from Heishman’s film where Valdemar speaks about the original foundation and construction of his favela house. Each brick laid and floor added to the favela home of Valdemar and Valderci is a symbol of self-reliance out of necessity. It is this that Maguire, Concagh and Heishman’s respective artistic practices aim to accentuate, translate and express through a visual narrative of this family’s story that is emblematic of the spirit of their larger community.


    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

    A solo exhibition by renowned Irish artist Brian Maguire opens today at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. War Changes its Address and Other Border Stories runs until February 13. Since the 1970’s 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. Significant bodies of work over the last four decades includes the Irish Prison Paintings (1988-90), Favela Vila Prudente and Casa da Cultura for the São Paulo Biennial (1998), Femicide/Juarez (2009-12), and more recently the Aleppo Paintings (2017).

    Over the past 40 years Rhona Hoffman Gallery has built an outstanding reputation with a diverse programme which champions socio-politically engaged artists, both emerging and established. Rhona Hoffman Gallery has been celebrated for the representation and exhibition of marginalised voices and subjects in the art world.

    Brian Maguire. Aleppo 4, 2017


    Sunday, May 19th, 2019

    Bishop Willie Walsh of Killaloe is generally considered by liberals in Ireland to be one of the good guys. An arresting portrait of the catholic bishop who retired in 2010 by Brian Maguire, one of Ireland’s leading expressionist artists, comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online sale of Irish art which runs to May 20. It seems an appropriate pairing. Maguire’s long career has seen him reach fearlessly into the plight of people in uncomfortable places many of us might chose to not go – suicidal prisoners in Irish jails, children of the favelas in South America, refugees at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean and displaced Syrians and Sudanese are all on his list of subjects.

    Brian Maguire’s Portrait of Bishop Willie Walsh UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The Maguire portrait is lot 80 and estimated at 1,500-2,000. Meantime it might be of interest to not that the remains of the fishing vessel Barca Nostra, in which up to 900 migrants died when it sank in the Mediterranean in 2015, is displayed at the 58th Venice Art Biennale which runs to next November 24. 


    Monday, February 27th, 2017

    An Irish art online auction with 193 lots is running at Morgan O’Driscoll‘s until March 6.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    Horse (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    Gladys MacCabe ROI FRSA MA HRUA (b.1918) Going to Mass (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    John Kingerlee (b.1936)
    Grid Series (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) Bull (2005)
    unique bronze (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    Brian Maguire (b.1951)
    Untitled mixed media on paper (300-500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, September 12th, 2016

    Sean Scully - Pink Robe, 2009.

    Sean Scully – Pink Robe, 2009.

    Alice Maher, Sean Scully, Brian Maguire, Isabel Nolan and Paddy Graham are among the artists featured in the 20th anniversary auction in aid of Pallas Projects/Studios. The sale will be held on September 15 at 7 p.m. in the Irish Georgian Society’s City Assembly House, South William St. in Dublin. Located at The Coombe Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin’s city centre, and curated projects.  Auctioneers Whyte’s say the event promises to be a gala affair. Guide prices range from 40 to 5,000.

    With the backdrop of an unwillingness of developers to allow for the provision of a long-term cultural aspect to the regeneration of city-centre areas throughout the boom years, PP/S has been searching, inhabiting, and fighting to maintain as many as eight semi-permanent locations since 1996, and many more temporary offsite exhibition/project scenarios. These have included a four-year exhibition programme in a semi-derelict block of council flats, a white cube space in a former milking parlour, and collaborative projects with and in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin Docklands; Fire Station Artists’ Studios; The Red Stables; The Model, Sligo; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; 126, Galway; The Black Mariah, Cork; Project 304, Bangkok; Sub-Urban Video Lounge, Rotterdam; Auto Italia South East, London and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.


    Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

    Brian Maguire - Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016, acrylic on linen

    Brian Maguire – Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, 2016, acrylic on linenerline

    Over our heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up is the title of an exhibition  of new work by the celebrated Irish artist Brian Maguire at Kerlin Gallery in Dublin until August 20.  In these paintings Maguire directly confronts issues of human migration, displacement and dignity in the face of current global unrest.  Maguire has approached painting as an act of solidarity since early in his career in the 1970’s, working in shelters, prisons and psychiatric institutions to produce art that deeply challenges the viewer.  The title is taken from Primo Levi’s If This be a Man, which in turn is quoting from Dante’s Inferno.

    The paintings in this exhibition are some of Maguire’s 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.

    Maguire’s most recent solo exhibitions include The Void, Derry (2015–2016); and Fergus McCaffrey, New York (2015). Group exhibitions and biennales include the Irish Museum of Modern Art; WIELS, Brussels; VISUAL, Carlow; Dublin CityGallery The Hugh Lane; National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Dublin Contemporary (2011); the Beijing Biennale (2008) and the 24th S?o Paolo Bienal (1998).


    Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

    Given the strength of sterling and the weakness of the euro the timing for Morgan O’Driscoll’s London viewing of his Irish and International Art auction at the RDS in Dublin on April 20 is good.  What better time to introduce a new English audience to Irish art and artists – the three day viewing is at La Galleria in Pall Mall on April 13, 14 and 15 – than when the euro is on the floor?  Estimates, as in most latter day auctions in Ireland, are reasonable. Here is a small selection:

    (See posts on for April 6 and April 1, 2015).

    Felim Egan (b.1952) - Red River (2006)

    Felim Egan (b.1952) – Red River (2006)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 5,000 AT HAMMER

    Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) - The Bistro Lemon

    Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) – The Bistro Lemon  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 7,000 AT HAMMER.

    Camille Souter HRHA (b.1929) - Things Inside (1957)

    Camille Souter HRHA (b.1929) – Things Inside (1957)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    John Shinnors (b.1950) - Overloop, June (2003)

    John Shinnors (b.1950) – Overloop, June (2003)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Brian Maguire (b.1951) - Fear in the Belly (1996)

    Brian Maguire (b.1951) – Fear in the Belly (1996)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) - Blowing in the Wind

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) – Blowing in the Wind  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 8,500

    Maurice Canning Wilks ARHA RUA (1911-1984) - Near Doochary, Co. Donegal (6,000-9,000).

    Maurice Canning Wilks ARHA RUA (1911-1984) – Near Doochary, Co. Donegal (6,000-9,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 12,000