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Marian Maguire

Born in Christchurch 1962, master lithographer Marian Maguire graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1984, and in 1986 she studied at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Albuquerque. During 1991 she was Artist in Residence at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art and in 2010 was Artist in Residence at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui. She received an Award for Excellence from the Canterbury Community Trust in 1998.

Marian’s images mix the imagined with the real and display a personal response to history. Since 1997 her prints and paintings have been largely related to Greek vase painting and in the series of etchings Southern Myths (2002) she worked a classical narrative into the New Zealand environment.
In the next series of lithographs, The Odyssey of Captain Cook (2005), the Endeavour became the vehicle by which the ancient Greeks collided with resident Maori, and in The Labours of Herakles (2008) the archetypal Greek hero is cast as New Zealand pioneer.

Marian Maguire has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and her work is represented in public collections including: Te Papa Taongawera, Museum of New Zealand; Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki; Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu; Hocken Collection; and The Birthplace of Captain Cook Museum, Middlesborough, United Kingdom.