Newport, United Kingdom
About Mark Maguire
I am an artist and writer living in South Wales. I was educated at the University of Manchester, Swansea University and the Polytechnic of Wales, where I studied History, Philosophy and Intellectual History (MA). I have lived and worked in Ireland, Germany and Holland and the UK as a barman, labourer, Aircraft sealer, Trade Marks Examiner, Ministerial Policy Adviser, Head of International Relations at the Welsh Office and Principal Private Secretary at the National Assembly for Wales before becoming an artist and writer. My novel, The Night Traveller, was published in 2010. I find the connection with people from different places and backgrounds the most exciting thing about art. Everyone has a different story. My art and writing is mine. It says all there is to know about me. I am drawn to darkness and the luminosity of the night, by the patterns that the individual perceives and creates around themselves. Central to my work is my fascination in the viewer's ability to build on the slightest hint of form and colour made by an artist to create a world outside and to connect with it. My work always concerns illusion, the difficulty facing all human knowledge and the inability to communicate matters which are not already held within an individual. The subject is the crisis of solitary existence and my paintings, luminous and solitary, question what there is outside of the individual and how it can be communicated - if indeed it can. My exploration of minimalist black and white paintings are a logical extension of my philosophy and attempt to create something out of the merest suggestion of form stripped of colour and detail rely heavily on the perception of the viewer. The substance is the viewer's and provides a mataphor for the world that all human beings provide outside of themselves is wholly dependent on their perception.