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This new exhibition brings together Brian Maguire’s latest body of work, resulting from a visit to Syria in 2017. It is shown in the context of earlier work made in response to the refugee crises hitting Europe’s shores as a result of the Syrian conflict. The Aleppo Paintings document the ruined buildings of the city, offering a visceral and stark insight into the physical consequences of war and the international arms trade that fuels all conflict. As with all his work, Maguire’s work is informed by first-hand experience of the city of Aleppo and its people and is fuelled by a desire to see beyond the news coverage to gain a personal insight into the reality of the situation. Maguire’s paintings bear stark testament to the human suffering implicit in his depiction of the building fragments left after the bombardment, underlining the need for justice.

Since the very beginning of his career in the 1970s Maguire’s work emerges from social and political situations and a deep engagement with a particular place or group of people. He approaches painting as a gesture of solidarity and has undertaken projects in prisons, women’s shelters and psychiatric institutions.

This exhibition is presented as part of an on-going initiative, New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, which allows IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.


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. — View Artist »

Exclusive Print in aid of the Mary Raftery Fund

Brian Maguire will donate the proceeds of a unique print based on a work from War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings to support the activities of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund (MRJF).
The MRJF was established to continue the work of the campaigning writer and television producer after whom it is named, by supporting investigative journalism that gives voice to the powerless and challenges the powerful, as she did throughout her career. Brian Maguire’s work as an artist has similarly combined empathy with individual human suffering and an intense awareness of political and social justice.
To find out more about the fund or to purchase this particular print, which is limited to an edition of 60 and the only print made from this group of paintings – please visit the Mary Raftery Fund website.

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