Artist Michael McGuire

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I was born in Sneem, Co Kerry in 1956, but spent most of my childhood and formative years in the Killarney area. While interested in drawing and painting from early childhood, I really only began to have some commercial success in the 1980’s. Around that time, I focused mainly on landscapes of the rugged coastline of Co Kerry and other West of Ireland scenes. In the 1980s and 1990s, I exhibited in galleries such as Kenny’s (Galway), the Frank Lewis Gallery (Killarney) and the Oisin Gallery (Dublin). 
I moved to Wexford in 1999 and, around that time, developed an interest in working outdoors or "en plein air". There followed some intensive workshops in Fair Oaks, California with plein-air artist Susan Sarback and shortly afterwards, I quit my job to concentrate on painting and have worked as a full-time artist since 2007. 
While I have diversified into portrait and figurative work, my main interest is still very much grounded in landscape. The main characteristics of my work are:-
- immediate impact, because of a strong sense of visual reality,
- clear sense of authentic light, whether direct (sunny) or diffuse (cloudy),
- strong sense of feeling and emotion, because when working en plein air, all of one's senses are involved and
- a strong sense of visual focus because of varied brushwork and handling (I try to lead to viewer's eye to where I want it to go and to what attracted me to the scene in the first place).
Since childhood, I have had a deep connection with nature and am still drawn to wild, remote places. But, increasingly, I find myself being drawn to the challenge of finding beauty in ordinary subject matter.
2007                         Solo Exhibition, Art Upstairs Gallery, Wexford
2008                         Solo Exhibition, Art Upstairs Gallery, Wexford
2013, 14 & 15          Group Exhibition, Denis Collins Gallery during Wexford Opera Festival
2014                         People's [...]

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