Edward McGuire

Life
1932-1986; portrait painter; son of family that owned Switzers, Dublin; ed. Downside; decided to become an artist during a visit to Florence, 1950; studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, 1952-53; Slade, 1954; early still-lifes and portraits of friends produced in Dublin and the West of Ireland; Patrick Kavanagh (1961); Seamus Heaney (1974), commissioned by Ulster Museum; numerous finely-detailed and direct portraits of literary, artistic and political figures; incl. Francis Stuart (1974), Seán O’Faolain (1977), Anthony Cronin (1977), Paul Duncan (1981) Michael Longley (1983), and Michael Hartnett (q.d.). COMM, Brian Fallon, Edward McGuire (1991).

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Works
Portraits include Patrick Kavanagh, Pearse Hutchinson, and Michael Harnett, the latter two exhibited here [Harnett in catalogue on]. See Brian O’Doherty, The Irish Imagination 1959-1971 [Rosc Exhib. Catalogue] (1971).

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Criticism
Brian Fallon, Edward McGuire RHA (IAP 1991), 160pp; poems and memoirs by Anthony Cronin, Paul Durcan, Michael Hartnett, Seamus Heaney, Pearse Hutchinson, Michael Longley, Michael Hartnett, John Montague, Francis Stuart, and a catalogue by Sally McGuire. See also Brian O’Doherty, The Irish Imagination 1959-1971 [Rosc Exhib. Catalogue] (1971).

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