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Brian Maguire, b.1951

Diario Popular (Twelve Days in March)1998

In São Paulo Maguire also worked on a series of drawings which involved a very different approach to that taken with the ‘Casa da Cultura’ series. Each day in São Paulo’s newspaper, The Diario Popular, photographs of convicted criminals or those wanted by the police appeared. Working from the grainy newspaper photographs, Maguire made drawings of those men. In contrast to the sketches he made of the children in the ‘Casa da Cultura’ series, with the works in ‘Diario Popular’ Maguire spent a long time looking, contemplating and trying to come to terms with the qualities of each man’s expression. The drawings are haunting and full of feelings of empathy for the individual depicted.

Mediummixed media on paper
Dimensions 50 x 70 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift Owen O'Brien, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.1316.012
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Brian Maguire, Diario Popular (Twelve Days in March), 1998, mixed media on paper, 50 x 70 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift Owen O'Brien, 2000

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Brian Maguire b.1951

Brian Maguire expressionist paintings address issues of social injustice and malfunction. He has worked with marginalised groups in institutions in Ireland, Poland and the US. Maguire represented Ireland at the São Paolo Biennale in 1998. He was appointed Professor of the Fine Art Faculty of the National College of Art and Design in 2000 and is an elected member of Aosdána.
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