Marian Maguire

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Marian Maguire (born 1962) is a lithographer from New Zealand. She is known for justaposing landscapes, historical characters, and mythical figures from New Zealand and from ancient Greece, mixing the realism of 19th-century colonial prints with the more stylized designs of Greek black-figure pottery and Māori wood carvings.[1][2][3]

Life and education

Maguire was born in 1962 in Christchurch. She earned a BFA at the University of Canterbury in 1984, and has also studied at the Tamarind Institute in the US.[4][5] She returned to New Zealand in 1987, and set up a print studio and later a print gallery there. She has also taught printmaking at the Ilam School of Fine Arts at Canterbury.[5]


Maguire's early printmaking work included figures, architectural elements, and (by the late 1990s) ancient Greek culture.[5]

The prints of her work on New Zealand and ancient Greece are organized into series, including:

In 2015 she shifted media with her series Feats, Pursuits & Endless Toil of seven painted door panels and four etchings, continuing the mixture of Greek and New Zealand themes. The works in this series were partly inspired by Maguire's experiences living through the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.[6]


Maguire's works are in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,[7] the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,[8] the National Maritime Museum in London,[9] and the British Museum,[10] among others.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Noyce, Richard (2010), "Marian Maguire", Critical Mass: Printmaking Beyond the Edge, A&C Black, pp. 119–120, ISBN 9781408109397
  2. ^ a b Fordyce, Linda (2013), "Marian Maguire – Titokowaru's Dilemma" (PDF), Teacher's Notes, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, retrieved 2017-08-20
  3. ^ a b Hawes, Greta (2015), "The Unsettled Settler: Herakles the Colonist and the Labours of Marian Maguire", Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, 23 (2): 11–28, doi:10.2307/arion.23.2.0011
  4. ^ a b Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2017-08-20
  5. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Christopher (November 19, 2011), "An unlikely pairing", With a review of Titokowaru's Dilemma by Andrew Paul Wood.
  6. ^ Hanton, Jamie (1 October 2015), "Great feats of strength", New Zealand Listener
  7. ^ Marian Maguire, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, retrieved 2017-08-20
  8. ^ Person: Maguire, Marian, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, retrieved 2017-08-20
  9. ^ Maguire, Marian, Royal Museums Greenwich, retrieved 2017-08-20
  10. ^ Prints made by Marian Maguire, British Museum, retrieved 2017-08-20. 11 prints from the Titokowaru's Dilemma series listed.

Additional resources

  • Hughes, Jessica (2012), "Marian Maguire (interview)", Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies, The Open University, 3
  • Titokowaru’s dilemma: an interview with Marian Maguire, British Museum, 26 December 2016
  • McDonald, Donald (22 October 2016), "Ko wai Koe (Who Are You) 2005 from the series The Odyssey of Captain Cook by Marian Maguire", The Spectator
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