EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 - 2017

Tim MAGUIRE <i>Untitled 20020701</i>, 2002, oil on canvas, 252.0 x 412.0cm, Private collection, Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition

Tim Maguire’s paintings and prints are cinematic in scale and romantic by nature. As a painter Maguire is known for his rich colour palette and consummate technical skills. Interested in the theme of 'Vanitas and its symbolic reference to mortality and the fleeting nature of our lives, Maguire has in the past referenced 17th Century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings as frozen moments in time, an affirmation of temporality and the duality of the artist’s still life magnifications, preserving the subject matter forever whilst at the same time drawing our attention to the inevitable passing of time and decay.

This major exhibition surveys Maguire's arts practice from 2002 to 2017 where his use of digital photography has modified his painting techniques, incorporating a colour separation process derived from colour photography and printmaking. Maguire explains:

'By constructing my paintings as transparently as possible, I seek to make the process apparent, so that every gesture remains visible. And as it is inherent in the nature of paint to dry, each layer is itself a little battle with time…Due to the vagaries of materials and climate, the drying time is always unpredictable. So I need to work fast, with big brushes and loosely approximate gestures…The nature of my colour separation process means that flaws in my representation are only visible after the application…at that point I might realise that I have put too much yellow or magenta in the preceding layers, by now well-dried and beyond changing'.

Exhibited for the first time, a purpose-built lightbox will be constructed in the exhibition space. This is a recent development in Maguire's arts practice where he prints directly onto translucent acrylic panels using the same print separation process and introducing light from behind the picture plane in a celebration of light, time and colour, proving that Maguire is the painter's time traveller.

Related Documents

EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 - 2017​ catalogue (pdf)

Take a Virtual Tour

Recorded in January 2018, EVERYTHING CHANGES has been documented in a 3D showcase as an interactive and educational online resource. Developed in partnership with local immersive media company Evolv3d Media, the 3D showcase uses technology similar to Google's Street View, providing a high-definition walk-through.

The 3D showcase works with all major browsers, including Firefox 4 or later, Chrome 9 or later, IE 11 or later, with Windows 8 or later, Opera 12 or later, Safari 5.1 or later, with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.

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Using your mouse: click and drag to look around and click on the pale rings on the floor to move from location to location. You can also use the scroll on your mouse to zoom in and out. Red circles indicate extra information, click on them to see extended captions about different works of art, or to access exhibition catalogues or videos. Green circles indicate access information, including the location of lifts and amenities. 

Using the dashboard controls: you can also use the dashboard, at the base of the screen. Press the play button to take a tour at the touch of a button, press the forward or back arrows to move through the tour one view at a time, or the plus or minus icons to zoom in or out. 

More help and navigation tips: There is also a help option in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

Banner image: Tim MAGUIRE Kinglake Panorama 2015, latex ink on paper Dibond, 224.0 x 724.0cm, Artist collection, Courtesy the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Tim MAGUIRE <i>Untitled 20020701</i>, 2002, oil on canvas, 252.0 x 412.0cm, Private collection, Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Newcastle Art Gallery
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