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.
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||Framed: 91.5 x 84.5 x 6 cm 68 x 60 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996|
|Copyright||For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].|
Irish 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.View Artist
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