•                               PAINTINGS


    Aoibhín Maguire, born in 1997, is a painter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, living and working in London. She obtained her BA in Fine Art from Lancaster University and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting.  Maguire has exhibited in group exhibitions across the UK, Ireland, and internationally, including The Lido Stores, Barbican Arts Group Trust, Art on a Postcard, Irving Gallery, Completedworks, The Function Suite, The Tub, Hackney and Rowe Galleries. She had her first solo show at Pollen Gallery and Studios, Belfast in 2023. Recently, Maguire was a guest speaker with Artvocacy, collaborating with We Are Cognito on 'Leveraging Creative Arts for World Peace, Opportunities, and Youth Transformation.'

    Maguire’s painting practice explores the overlap between the actual and fictitious in our everyday lives. Mixing vivid imagination with personal tales, she creates a visual dialogue that transcends temporal confines, drawing inspiration from memory, nostalgia, Celtic tradition and the nuanced narrative of growing up in Belfast. Through layers of bright colour, she converges commonplace worries into worlds that embrace the disorder of existence; a perpetual oscillation between emotional extremes, where fear and desperation run parallel to hope and love.

    Whilst in a state of reverie, she creates mindscapes; emotional landscapes of the past, present and future. Recurrent motifs and surrealist symbolism act as portals, transporting viewers into a realm where the tangible and the fantastical coalesce. Nostalgia, an undercurrent in the work, sparks collective memories, fostering contemplation on the complexities of identity. Whilst painting, she thinks about the rhythm of the women’s monthly cycle, allowing its natural acdence to inspire its working pattern.

    Drawing on a multitude of art historical, literary, poetic, and personal references, Maguire’s work abstractly reflects on the confusion surrounding Irish/Northern Irish identity, as she intertwines mythology with personal recollections. Her paintings are a testament to the tactile and visceral nature of paint, with vibrant colours and textures acting as emotional conduits, as she layers and scrapes away paint, mirroring the constant ebb and flow of the human experience.

    2022 Royal College of Art, MA Painting
    2019 Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, BA (Hons) Fine Art, FIRST CLASS HONOURS
    2018 Rowe Arts, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Exchange Program)


    2023  This Earth Is Alien To Me, Pollen Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland


    2024  Art on a Postcard, International Women’s Day Exhibition, 99-103 Long Acre, London, UK

          A Room of One’s Own, Irving Gallery, Oxford, UK

          Completedwork presents Aoibhin Maguire (Collaboration), Completed Works, London, UK

          Fierce Scandal, Lido Stores, Margate, UK

    2023  Christmas Exhibition, Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London, UK

          Echoes of Belonging, Daa Art, London, UK

          The Lido Open, The Lido Stores, Margate, UK

          Seventeen, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, Marylebone, London, UK It’ll Be

          Alright, The Alchemy Experiment, Glasgow, UK

          Inaugural, The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, Marylebone, London, UK

    2022  Barbican Arts Group Trust, Selected for Open Call, BAGT, London, UK

          Towards A New Intellectual Cosmos: A Reflection on Contemporary Forms Of

          Expression, Daa Art, London, UK

          Togetherness, Winter Exhibition, D31 Art Gallery, Doncaster, UK

          Pull over and take a cig, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
          Come one, Come all, The Function Suite, London, UK
          Rupture Alumni Online Retrospective and physical exhibition at Hampton Wick Jubilee            Event, RuptureXIBIT, London, UK
          What Is Becoming Us, RuptureXIBIT, London, UK
          RCA 22 Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

    2021  Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, London, UK

          Coping, in Colour, RuptureXIBIT, London, UK

    2020  Life on Venus, The Tub, Hackney, London, UK

          Feast: Holiday, Now, online ‘e-zine’ exhibition made by first year painting students at        the RCA, UK

          Life on Venus, The Tub, Hackney, London, UK

    2019  H(U)MAN, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
          Beyond the Canvas, The Story, Lancaster, UK
          Miscellaneous Cartographies, Bowland Drawing Space, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

          Coordinate, LICA Degree Show, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    2018  Aoibhin Maguire and Myrthe Biesheuvel, Baku Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (Duo        exhibition)
          Annual Juried Exhibition, Rowe Galleries, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
          Local International at Spirit Square Arts Centre, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (Duo          exhibition)
          Resist, C3 Lab, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
          18-25, The Herbarium, Lancaster, UK
          Global Experiences, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

          Presented Artist of the Month, Charlotte Art League, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

    2017  Mineral Spirits, Rowe Galleries, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

          Coalesced, Theatre Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


    2020-22 Sidney Perry Foundation, MA Sponsorship
    2020-21 The Chizel Educational Trust, MA Sponsorship
    2020 Col Arts Bursary Finalist


    2024  Celebrating Creativity: Aoibhin Maguire’s collaboration with Completedworks marks four          decades of London Fashion Week, Interview with Krizone
    2023  Auc Art, In The Studio with Aoibhin Maguire
    2023  It'll be Alright, Publication
    2022  Daa Art, Interview
    2022  Ghost Show, Publication
    2022  Megazine Summer Edition, Publication
    2021  EMERGING: A Room Full of Art, Article, Sunday World
    2021  I think since Covid people are much more appreciative of art, Interview/Article, Sunday        Life and Northern Ireland World


    April 2023    Leveraging Creative Arts For World Peace, Opportunities And Youth Transformation                -Healing through the Arts and finding Self Expression, Guest Speaker with                      Artvocacy in collaboration with We Are Cognito 
    April 2022    University of Sunderland, School of Art, Artist Talk
    April 2022    University of Sunderland, School of Art, Visiting Tutor 
    February 2022 Royal College of Art, Artist Talk