Born Chertsey, England 1958, arrived Australia 1959, lives France and England since 1992


Tim Maguire’s practice is grounded in theoretical and philosophical speculation and is expressed in a range of styles from abstraction to super realism.

While in Germany in the mid-1980s, Maguire painted Australian imagery, such as the corrugated iron water tank, and placed them within non-descript or desolate landscapes. Extending these ideas, the horizontal tanks eventually transformed into column-like forms.

Produced between 1986 and 1989, the column paintings were resonant images, recalling classicism and associated artistic achievements, as well as critiquing art history and patriarchal society. Maguire’s symbol ultimately subverted an overused icon and gave a fresh reference to Australian art. Orange column or Corinth (1987) was exhibited along with four others as part of Maguire’s solo show at the Sydney artist-run gallery First Draft.

Maguire has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including New York, London and Germany. His solo shows include: Canal, Australia and London (1991–93); Painting under Duress: Tim Maguire’s colour separations 1998–2003, Bendigo Art Gallery (2003), and the survey exhibitions: Symbolism and Landscape, Biennale of Sydney, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney (1986); A New Generation 1983–86, National Gallery of Australia (1988); The Face of Australia (1988); and Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1989).

Since winning the Moet & Chandon fellowship in 1992, Maguire has lived and worked in France and England, while continuing to regularly exhibit in Australia.