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Edward McGuire, b.1932

Portrait of Paddy Collins1983

McGuire’s best-known sitters include Anthony Cronin, Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, and Pearse Hutchinson. Many of his portraits have a surreal quality derived from McGuire’s love of unusual studio props such as stuffed birds and highly stylized leaf decoration. This feeling is strengthened by the often remote and static pose of the sitter. The portrait of the artist Patrick Collins, painted just three years before McGuire’s death, is unusual in its avoidance of these devices. The preparatory drawing for this portrait is part of the IMMA Collection and also shows the meticulous approach McGuire employed from the earliest stage of the portrait.

MediumOil on panel
DimensionsFramed: 91.5 x 84.5 x 6 cm 68 x 60 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996
Item NumberIMMA.768
On view IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. Gaze, IMMA Freud Centre, 04/10/2018 - 06/05/2019
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Edward McGuire, Portrait of Paddy Collins, 1983, Oil on panel, Framed: 91.5 x 84.5 x 6 cm 68 x 60 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996

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About the Artist

Edward McGuire 1932–1986

Irish portrait and still life painter Edward McGuire studied art in Italy before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Best known for his studies of dead birds and portraits of writers and poets, McGuire’s paintings have a surreal, static quality which defies the realist precision with which they are executed. McGuire exhibited widely during his lifetime. He was elected a member of the RHA in 1978 and a member of Aosdána in 1984. His sitters included Séamus Heaney, Paddy Collins, Pearse Hutchinson, Seán Ó Faoláin and John Montague. — View Artist »