18 March – 23 April 2022

Opening reception:
18 March 6 – 8pm

ILEANA is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Tim Maguire’s paintings in Queensland. With nearly 100 solo exhibitions to his name, and shows across Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia, Lines of Inquiry will finally present the work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists to a Queensland audience.

The exhibition has a strong focus on Maguire’s work from the 1990s, in which the foundations for his later practice were established. Series included in the exhibition are the early horizon paintings, the Tank and Canal works, an early Flower painting and the lesser known Slit series, after the Italian artist Lucio Fontana. Other examples from these early series are found in most public state institutions in Australia, and in countless other collections throughout the country.

Saturday 19 March 2022, 11am
897b Brunswick Street, 4005 New Farm

Please join us for a Q&A with Tim Maguire and Alison Kubler, editor of VAULT Magazine and council member of the NGA, discussing the early works shown in the Lines of Inquiry exhibition. RSVP here.

Tim Maguire: Lines of Inquiry exhibition catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover catalogue with an essay by Hamish Sawyer, which explores Maguire’s early work and its relevance today in depth. Copies of the catalogue are available at the gallery, or can be preordered by email.

TIM MAGUIRE
Horizon Line II, 1991
oil on canvas
37 by 71 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Horizon II (90U33), 1990
oil on canvas
51 by 91 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (90U09), 1990
oil on canvas
46 by 91 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Horizon XIV, 1992
oil on canvas
61 by 76 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Tanks (99U72), 1999
oil on canvas
60 by 60 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Canal Study II, 1992
oil on canvas
76 by 61 cm.

“The Canal paintings echo Barnett Newman’s zip paintings: light is embodied forth as though it were more substantial than the darkness on either side. Yet the bar of light is just that and nothing more – as it can be read in Newman. Even so, the landscape remains essential. This is even more apparent in Maguire’s preceding paintings, where the light shines brightly through the gaps between corrugated tanks, almost appearing to melt their edges – the paradox here being that the extraordinary energy of the light balances the bulk of the tanks: Light against mass; speed against solidity.”

– Tony Godfrey

TIM MAGUIRE
Canal Study IV, 1992
oil on canvas
46 by 46 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (94U59), 1994
oil on canvas
60 by 60 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (94U43), 1994
oil on canvas
91 by 91 cm.

“Dutch and Flemish still lifes have an extraordinary amount of detail, all in focus. Every square millimetre is charged with information, and for this reason they suit me perfectly. When put through the “wash cycle” of reproduction some trace of the original information still survives. That is why I chose flowers. Stretched to the edge of abstraction, they still read as figurative images, caught between illusionism and an acknowledgement of the flat surface they’re painted on.”

– Tim Maguire

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (93H18), 1993
oil on canvasboard
30 by 25.5 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (95C10), 1995
oil on canvasboard
41 by 33 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (95U18), 1995
oil on canvas
91 by 91 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled, 2007
oil on canvas
51 by 40 cm.

“To some extent I conceived the Slit paintings to frame more effectively the proposition I was making, the play between illusionism and the materiality of the painted surface.”

– Tim Maguire

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (2000U62), 2000-2019
oil on canvas
45 by 55 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Slit Landscape (94U22), 1994
oil on canvas
50 by 50 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (20070309), 2007
oil on canvas
20 by 20 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (20070305), 2007
oil on canvas
20 by 20 cm.

“I was always interested in the way Fontana took a painting and asserted its identity as an object. By cutting through the canvas he made its three-dimensionality clear, and, literally and metaphorically, destroyed the field in which illusion could be created. His was an aggressive anti-illusionistic gesture. Now [after Modernism] we like to think we have a more sophisticated idea about painting, but the tendency certainly remains whereby flat painted surfaces are seen as windows onto some other world. My Slit paintings translated the concrete object into something illusionistic again. They were puns, ultimately rather literary by my standards, but they quite neatly summarised ideas which informed all my other work.”

– Tim Maguire

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (20070307), 2007
oil on canvas
55 by 45 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Slit Landscape (20040817), 2004-2020
oil on canvas
60 by 60 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (20070112), 2007
oil on canvas
35.5 by 25.5 cm.

TIM MAGUIRE
Untitled (20070306, 2007
oil on canvas
35 by 25 cm.

ILEANA
897b Brunswick St
Wed – Sat 11.30 – 5pm
18 March – 23 April 2022