Ep 92: Tim Maguire
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Tim Maguire is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, acclaimed internationally for his astonishing large scale paintings. 

From afar, they are familiar subjects; flowers in a tight composition, translucent grapes, an inquiring snail.

But up close, multiple layers of transparent paint and a fascinating combination of large brushstrokes and expressive splashes transport the viewer to another world.

Maguire’s work is held in Australia’s major public collections, dozens of corporate and private collections and he has exhibited in over 80 solo shows around the world from France, Germany and the UK to New York and China and right across Australia including a knockout survey show at Newcastle Art Gallery in 2017. His practice also crosses printmaking, light box works and film which were included in that exhibition.

Travel has also been an essential part of his life as an artist and he has spent a large part of his adult years in Europe, especially the UK and France. He and his wife, artist Adrienne Gaha, now live and work between Australia and France.

In his exhibition ‘Small Worlds’ at Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney, he revisits his earlier interest in 17th century Dutch still life subject matter but with a different approach. Created over the period of the recent Australian bushfires and the onset of coronavirus, the work took on an unexpected significance for the artist which he relates in this interview.

We talk about his time studying in Europe, his early work, printmaking, his colour separation process and lots more.

To hear the podcast interview press ‘play’ beneath the above photo or listen however you get your podcasts.

Scroll down to see a YouTube video of Tim Maguire talking with Maria Stoljar about his exhibition ‘Small Worlds’ which was held in June 2020 at Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney.

Current Show

‘Small Worlds’ at Martin Browne Contemporary, current until 21 June 2020.

Show Notes

Tim Maguire talks with Maria Stoljar about his exhibition ‘Small Worlds’ ‘Untitled 20200403’, 2020, oil on canvas, 202 x 192cm Untitled 20200203′, 2020, oil on canvas, 162 x 182cm Detail of above work, ‘Untitled 20200203’, 2020, oil on canvas ‘Untitled 94U39’, 1994, diptych, oil on canvas 200cm x 400cm,
Permanent collection, Art Gallery of NSW ‘Untitled 20070401’, 2007, oil on canvas, 180 x 285cm ‘Untitled 20180501, 2018, oil on canvas, 135 x 120cm ‘Untitled 98U42’, 1998, oil on 9 MDF panel, 180 x180cm ‘End of century (Fin de siècle)’, 1992, oil on canvas, 5 panels,
91.8 x 517.5cm (overall)
National Gallery of Victoria, permanent collection ‘Under Bridges I’ 1989, lithograph on paper, image 43 x 43cm, paper 76 x 56cm, edition of 25 ‘Untitled 98U57’, 1998, oil on canvas, 249 x 208.4
National Gallery of Victoria, permanent collection
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