Tim Maguire

Born in the UK in 1958. Studied at the East Sydney Technical College and the City Art Institute in Sydney. Has won the Hugh Williamson Award, the Dobell Prize for Drawing, and the Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship.

Born in Chertsey in the UK in 1958, Tim Maguire immigrated to Australia in 1959. He studied painting at the East Sydney Technical College from 1980-82 and in the following years gained a Graduate Diploma in Painting from the City Art Institute in Sydney, and studied at the Sydney College of the Arts and at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. In 1992 Maguire moved to France and then to Britain in 2002. His large scale paintings take as their subject mainly fruit and flowers, however Maguire also engages with many other subject matters including portraiture and some lean towards a more modernist abstraction. He is best known for his flower paintings, developed in the 1990s, they use rich colours and skilled techniques to create luscious and sensual works which reinvent the subject of the flower in painting. He combined digital images with oil paint, layering the two and blurring boundaries between digital and painted. Maguire has won many awards including the Hugh Williamson Award in 1986, the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 1989 and the Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship in 1993. He has exhibited widely in Europe and Australia, and his work is held in the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia as well as numerous private and corporate collections.