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Title

Untitled 98U99A

1998

Artist

Tim Maguire

England, Australia

1958 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Australia
    Date
    1998
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on polyester
    Dimensions
    199.5 x 399.5 x 4.0 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. corner on canvas, black charcoal "Maguire 1998/ .../ ...".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    79.2021
    Copyright
    © Tim Maguire
    Artist information
    Tim Maguire

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • About

    An element of abstraction is present in nearly all of Tim Maguire's meticulous paintings, from his abstracted depictions of light beaming between corrugated tanks to his overcropped appropriations of 17th and 18th century Dutch still lifes. Maguire's dalliance with abstraction culminated in his experimental series of 'Splash' paintings that were made by spattering mineral turps onto his pictures and then wiping away the solvent mixture that had been left to pool, dribble and corrode the underlying paint film. As one can see in Maguire's work, 'Untitled 98U99A', this controlled yet chanceful process yields extraordinary patterns, textures and colour gradations that recalls imagery seen through the lens of a telescope in an observatory or a microscope in a laboratory. Indeed, the artic critic Sebastian Smee described Maguire as an 'aesthetic scientist' in his review of Maguire's exhibition of 'Splash' paintings at Mori Gallery in Sydney during the late 1990s.

    Although Maguire has moved on from making pure, non-representational paintings he has continued to utilise his 'Splash' technique, to brilliant effect, in subsequent series of works.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Australia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Laura Murray Cree (Editor), Tim Maguire, 2007, 159, 160-161 (colour illus., detail), 250. The work is incorrectly titled 'Untitled 98U79' in this publication.

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