Marian Maguire

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Marian Maguire was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1962. She graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1984 and in 1986 studied at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque, USA. During 1991 she was Artist in Residence at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art and in 2010 was Artist in Residence at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui. She received an Award for Excellence from the Canterbury Community Trust in 1998.

Since 1997 her prints and paintings have frequently referenced Greek vase painting. They mix the imagined with the real and display a personal response to New Zealand history. Her recent major narrative series include 'Southern Myths' (2002), a suite of nine etchings threaded on a plotline adapted from the 'Iliad'; 'The Odyssey of Captain Cook' (2005), in which Cook's 'Endeavour' is the vehicle by which ancient Greeks collide with resident Māori; and 'The Labours of Herakles' (2008), in which she casts the Greek hero as a New Zealand pioneer.

Marian Maguire has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and her work is represented in many public collections.

(source: Marian Maguire with Elizabeth Rankin, James Belich, Giovanni Tiso, Anne Salmond & Keri Hulme, "Titokowaru's Dilemma", Christchurch: PaperGraphica, 2011)


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