Richard Maguire

In Solace

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Year 2023
Medium Graphite and coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

Richard Maguire is a multidisciplinary artist, primarily working in the medium of drawing.

Concerned with the histories and historic images of race and sexuality within Britain and South Asia, his practice approaches archives as sites of both epistemic loss and abundance, dwelling in the images and what they both communicate and that which they do not.

“In solace” is a work produced in graphite and black coloured pencil, drawn from a studio photograph of a solitary fisherman. Maguire reflects upon the production of images of male figures from the South Asian subcontinent and their distribution within the British Empire and how the image of the figure became entangled within western homoerotica of physique culture. Without the background or context of labour, the image insists on the revisiting of the sexuality in relation to colonialism and colonial economies.

Career Highlights

Maguire’s solo shows include his debut entitled What Happens To Remain Unsaid at Maximillian William, London, UK (2023) and In The Absence of Pleasure at Village Gallery, Leeds, UK (2023).

Recent group exhibitions Include; Platform 2023 Edinburgh Art Festival, (2023); Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, London, UK, (2023); Like Paradise curated by Ekow Eshun at Claridges Art Space, London, UK, (2023).

His work can be found in a number of collections including The Arts Council Collection, The Ingram Collection and The Royal Collection.

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