Marc Guinan




Who are you and what type of work do you do?

I am an artist from Dublin, Ireland. I am a visual artist interested in expanded painting and materiality and questioning traditional ideas around display within the gallery space.

What’s your background?

I loved art as a child but due to personal circumstances I did not find on my path in life till I was
35. I served my time as a teenager working in bakeries. I also have a 14-year construction background. I lost my job in 2009 due to the recession and was introduced to art whilst participating in an adult education program. This started my journey and with lots of encouragement from friends and family I have pursued this avenue and my practice has now become my life and passion. My exposure within my Fine Arts degree has enhanced this further and indeed my appetite for art making.

What art do you most identify with?

Abstraction and Minimalism and I love the artist’s Barnett Newman and Donald Judd.

What work do you most enjoy doing?

My passion is abstraction and minimalism. I’m currently interested in materiality and process based work. I like to present a set of circumstances and allow an element of unpredictability to influence the final outcomes within my practice. Current themes and motifs that run through my practice can be summarized as follows: tradition through acknowledgment, colour investigation, suggestion, mystery, silence, events captured within materiality, patience, layering, unpredictability, interaction, calmness, repetition, de-stress, folding, envelop, satire, confidence, draping and collapse.

Which of your artwork pieces says the most about you?

My painted forms of 2015 give a good idea of where I am at within my practice.

What is your dream project?

I would like to create much larger pieces and expose my work to larger audiences. My painted forms are beautifully still and autonomous and need to be experienced rather than viewed.


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