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 BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1978 in Newry, Northern Ireland, Ciaran Magill studied Fashion at Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication in London before returning to the Belfast School of Art & Design in 2006 to complete a BA (Hons) degree in Fine and Applied Arts. His paintings and drawings are held in many private, public and corporate collections, most notably DIAGEO, the world's leading premium drinks business. He was also the recipient of the 2009 DIAGEO Northern Ireland emerging artist award. Magill has won 3 awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Magill's psychological landscapes explore isolation, eerieness and a strong sense of foreboding. His conceptual figurative works focus on issues of gender and sexuality.

Recent international group exhibitions include the Hardman Hall Gallery at Mercer University (Georgia, USA), University of Florida, WerkStadt Gallery (Belin), Sal Art Gallery at Long Island University (New York) and Raccolte Frugone Museum, Genoa (Italy). In Northern Ireland he has shown in many group exhibitions at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Golden Thread Gallery, Catalyst Arts, ArtTank and Naughton Gallery at Queen's University Belfast.

 

AGENTS

 

Brendan Jamison [Founder and Chief Curator of IMPACTICA] has represented Ciaran Magill since 2007, exhibiting his work in 10 solo exhibitions across Northern Ireland and at significant international group shows in America, England and Italy. Magill's next solo exhibition is in May 2017 at the Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

 

To contact Magill's agent Brendan Jamison, email:

jamisonartdealer@gmail.com

 

Carrie Neely Contemporary Art has represented Ciaran Magill since 2009, exhibiting his work at ArtTank, Black Box and the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. She has sold his work to clients in Ireland and the UK.

 

To contact Carrie, email:

carrie@carrieneely.com

 

 

 

 

BOOK LAUNCH

On Thursday 4 May 2017, Ciaran Magill's art collectors received a free signed copy of 'Tragic Magic', a small publication on his art and life, that was launched at the opening night of his latest solo exhibition. The book went on sale for £10 after the event.

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TRUCK DRONE STRIKE (2016)  Ciaran Magill, watercolour, 30 x 42 cm

OCTOBER 2016 - LONDON RESEARCH TRIP

18 October 2016: Ciaran Magill at the viewing platform of the new Tate Modern tower in London

NEW WORKS IN AUTUMN 2016

 

SAINT SEBASTIAN (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 120 x 90 cm

 

FOREVER REVOLUTION (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 60 x 80 cm

 

DARK NIGHT (2014) Ciaran Magill, wax pastel on papar, 59 x 84 cm

 

SHADOW TREES (2016) Ciaran Magill, water soluble pencil on paper, 42 x 59 cm

 

TEARS (2000) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

 

ROSE WASH (2016) Ciaran Magill, digital photograph

 

CREATIVE BIRTH (2013) Ciaran Magill

Digital photograph

 

BIRTH OF A DISORDER (2017) Ciaran Magill, digital photograph

 

JUNE/JULY 2016 SOLO EXHIBITION

AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW DAY (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 120 x 150 cm

Something a little odd...

A new solo exhibition by Ciaran Magill at Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry, Northern Ireland

Wednesday 1st June to Thursday 28th July 2016

This is the most experimental, raw and challenging solo exhibition of Ciaran Magill's career. Never afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of his art practice, this latest show presents Magill's fascination with a feeling of oddness when he wanders through the countryside alone. This haunting state of mind is the catalyst for his unique style of painting, combining spooky sensations with an hypnotic charm. Magill's magical dreamscapes reflect his love of exuberant colour and dynamic composition. Meanwhile, his masterful use of line creates a wonderful sense of tension, as if lakes, trees, rocks and figures are gently advancing, receding or dissolving before the eyes...

Location: Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, 1A Bank Parade, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT35 6HP. Telephone: 00442830313180

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

FREE ENTRY

For further info please CLICK HERE

Walkaround tour of Ciaran Magill's solo show in Newry [37 seconds]

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JANUARY 2016 SOLO EXHIBITION

 

SOLO EXHIBITION: Flowerfield Arts Centre, January 7-27 2016

Spanning all three galleries of the Georgian mansion house at Flowerfield Arts Centre, 'Seductive Landscapes' is the latest solo exhibition by Ciaran Magill, renowned for his exuberant and spooky depictions of the natural world. He takes pleasure in a rich colour palette of vibrant strokes which animate the canvas and contrasts with the darker conceptual elements. Employing multi-layering effects, he creates a magical sense of depth and tension. This collection of works has been created over the past 5 years and is curated by Magill's art dealer and life-time friend, Brendan Jamison.

Location: Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HU, Northern Ireland.

Dates: open to the public from 9am on Thursday 7 January and closing at 5pm on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Opening times: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

FREE ENTRY

 

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RECENT WORKS

 

BLUE ARREST (2016) Ciaran Magill. Ink on paper. 57 x 84 cm

COVER (2016) Ciaran Magill. Pastel on paper. 42 x 57 cm

DIVINE GRACE (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 90 x 150 cm

FREEDOM (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 75 x 120 cm

BLUR (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 40 x 50 cm

CLOUD (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 60 x 40 cm

JAPANESE FOREST (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm

SUDDEN (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 120 x 150 cm

MATTRESS (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 150 x 120 cm

GRAVE (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm

WHEEL (2016) Ciaran Magill, ink on paper, 59 x 84 cm

 

MUD (2015) Ciaran Magill, ink on paper, 59 x 84 cm

FALLING (2015) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm

PRIMITIVE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 90 x 120 cm

DARK CHAPEL (2015) Ciaran Magill. Digital Drawing.

WINTER SUN (2015) Ciaran Magill, watercolour, 80 x 55 cm

HOLY LAKE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on linen. 150 x 100 cm.

PERSONAL EXPLANATION (2015) Ciaran Magill

Digital manipulation. For Photography page, CLICK HERE

SOULFUL (2012) Ciaran Magill, oil bar and wax, 84 x 59 cm

DEFINED BEAUTY (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on paper. 84 x 55 cm. To vist the Voyeur page, please CLICK HERE

FREAK SHOW (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on canvas. 90 x 120 cm. To view Popularity page, CLICK HERE

 

ROSE GARDEN (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil pastel on board. 80 x 80 cm.

DRUG WALK (2015) Ciaran Magill

Manipulated digital photograph

AUTOPSIS SYNOPSIS (2015) Ciaran Magill

Digital photograph

SOUL-LESS (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas, 80 x 110 cm.

WARM BUT SAD (2015) Ciaran Magill. Digital Photograph.

GETTING GETTING (2015) Ciaran Magill. Ink on paper, 59 x 84 cm.

21 (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on linen. 60 x 40 cm

FAST (2015) Ciaran Magill. Still from Video Art. 15 seconds.

HOLY BURNING (2015) Ciaran Magill. Digital Photograph

HE'S A LADY (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on paper. 84 x 59 cm

GHOST HOLE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on paper. 29 x 21 cm

MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN  (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on canvas. 80 x 50 cm

ANGEL UNDER WATER (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 40 x 40 cm

BREACH (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on paper. 59 x 84 cm

ORGANIC (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on board. 50 x 50 cm

BARE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on linen. 120 x 90 cm

JESTER (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 120 x 90 cm

RED TREES (2015) Ciaran Magill. Charcoal and chalk on paper. 42 x 59 cm

INSIDE OUT (2015) Ciaran Magill. Watercolour on paper. 59 x 84 cm

NEON (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm

POP (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on boards. 40 x 60 cm

BIRD ON POST (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm

SILENCE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on card. 59 x 84 cm

TUMBLE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 120 x 150 cm

GATE LAKE (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on board. 70 x 70 cm

BANG (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on board. 42 x 59 cm

COLD SUMMER (2008-2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 100 x 120 cm

GOLD RISING (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm

PINK WAVES (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on linen. 30 x 45 cm

ELECTRICAL STORM (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 75 x 100 cm

LAMPED (2015) Ciaran Magill. Charcoal and pastel on paper. 84 x 59 cm

RED FALLING (2015) Ciaran Magill. Pastel on paper. 84 x 59 cm

WASHING (2015) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas. 75 x 120 cm

GRANDFATHER (2015) Ciaran Magill. Acrylic on card. 84 x 59 cm

BERLIN FIGURES (2015) Ciaran Magill. Pencil and ink on paper. 57 x 84 cm

BEELITZ HEILSTATTEN (2015) Ciaran Magill. Drawing on paper. 84 X 57 cm

PARTY (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on linen. 75 x 50 cm

HELL OF AN EASTER (2015) Ciaran Magill

Ink on paper. 84 x 59 cm

WITCH HUNT (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 90 x 150 cm

FLYING DEAD BIRD (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on board, 75 x 50 cm

EXIT SOUL SUMMER CRASH (2015) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 100 x 65 cm

ENLIGHTENMENT TOO LATE (2015) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 80 x 55 cm

MAHOGANY (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil and wax on paper, 55 x 80 cm

OBVIOUS AFIXIATION (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 180 x 120 cm

CHALLENGING PATTERN (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm

MAGIC HAT (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil in linen, 75 x 100 cm

FASHION (2014) Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 84 x 50 cm

UNDERCURRENT (2014) Ciaran Magill, gouache on fabriano paper, 100 x 70 cm

CROW AND CROSS (2014) Ciaran Magill, acrylic on paper, 84 x 59 cm

SHE'S MAGIC (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on treated paper, 84 x 59 cm

POLES AT SUMMER SOLSTICE (2014) Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 84 x 59 cm

UNDERCOVER (2016) Ciaran Magill, oil on board, 75 x 50 cm

HEROINE (2014) Ciaran Magill, acrylic on paper, 30 x 80 cm

PLACES WITHOUT NAMES (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 20 x 25 cm

LOST WOOD (2014) Ciaran Magill, mixed media drawing on paper, 59 x 84 cm

NEW: Crashed Aircraft Series. For further images please CLICK HERE

BLACK VEIL (2014) Ciaran Magill, digital photography

INVISIBILITY WOULD BE GREAT (2014) Ciaran Magill, digital photography

NEW: Photographic series. For further images please CLICK HERE

GHOSTS (2014) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm

TAKE MY SON SIR (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on linen, 150 x 120 cm

LEGS ON LEGS (2015) Ciaran Magill

Oil on canvas, 90 x 50 cm

NEW: WATERWORLD (2013) Ciaran Magill

Watercolour, 59 x 84 cm

VISUAL INVESTMENT (2014) Ciaran Magill, chalk pastel on paper, 59 x 84 cm

CLOUDS (2015) Ciaran Magill. Watercolour on paper. 29 x 21 cm

LANDING (2010) Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 70 x 100 cm

FOREST MIST (2010) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 70 x 45 cm

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April 2013

GLOW, Ards Arts Centre, N. Ireland

Ciaran Magill's solo exhibition at Ards Arts Centre, April 2013 [96 seconds]

BEIJING CAMPS (2013) Ciaran Magill,  drawing on paper, 70 x 100 cms

 

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CRUEL END (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on board, 100 x 100 cms

BACON'S HEAD (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on treated paper, 84 x 59 cms

FREAK FACE (2014) Ciaran Magill, oil on treated paper, 100 x 70 cms

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JANUARY 2013

SOLO EXHIBITION, WATERFRONT HALL, BELFAST

Ciaran Magill's 6th solo exhibition presented a collection of 30 paintings and drawings created during 2010 to 2012. It opened on Wednesday 9th January and continued until Thursday 31 January 2013.

The News Letter covered the exhibition with an article on Tuesday 15 January on page 18.

 

CAVITY (2012) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cms

 

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Art Critic Brian McAvera, Artist Ciaran Magill and his agent Brendan Jamison

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 HAUNTED (2012) and COMING CLOSER (2012) Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 77 x 55 cms each

MAY-JUNE 2012

WARNING ART PROJECTS, CRESCENT ARTS CENTRE, BELFAST

Ciaran Magill was selected to represent Northern Ireland in this major international exhibition that focused on alternative representations of the human figure. The show featured many leading artists from Europe and America, notably Tracey Emin, Andre Stitt and Julain Opie.

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RECENT REVIEWS

JULY-AUGUST 2012

 

NORTHERN IRELAND HOMES & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

July/August 2012

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BBC RADIO ULSTER: ARTS EXTRA

15 June 2012

 

Broadcast at 6:35 pm GMT

Curator Brendan Jamison is interviewed by Kim

Lenaghan with a focus on works by Ciaran Magill

in the WARNING! exhibition at the

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Duration: 4 minutes, 50 seconds

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CULTURE NORTHERN IRELAND

7 June 2012

Culture Northern Ireland

ART REVIEW: Warning! This is Contemporary Art

By Tammy Moore

 

The provocative exhibition isn't for the faint of heart, but is well-worth challenging your preconceptions

Admittance to Warning! This is Contemporary Art at the Crescent Art Centre is ‘strictly limited to over 18s only’. Determined to avoid ‘safe’ art, the Warning Art curator Brendan Jamison has collected works dealing with sexuality, gender and mortality from controversial national and international artists.

So, should visitors to the newly opened exhibition, which takes over the space on the second floor where the Dickon Hall Gallery was situated, prepare to be shocked? Well, maybe. There are certainly a few sets of genitalia on display – male, female and in transition – in the three brightly lit, white walled rooms of the gallery but it would be a stretch to describe this bold exhibition as salacious or particularly titillating. The imagery and concepts range from the provocative to the tender, but none of it seems designed to arouse.

In fact, a few of the pieces are likely to have the opposite effect. ‘The Sperm Harvesters’ in the second room is a pencil and paper drawing by Lydia Holmes that depicts penes sprouting from a desert landscape, with miniature women climbing on and lassoing them.

The drawing was inspired by stories of the Zimbabwean ‘Sugar Mamas’, who kidnap and sexually assault men in order to steal semen for unknown uses (theories range from ritual magic to face cream). Despite the dark theme, the piece itself is bizarrely cheerful, with one little woman waving her arms triumphantly from atop the glans.

Other pieces on display take a more positive approach to sexuality. Ciaran Magill’s nudes are beautiful and approachable, with his portrait of a transsexual caught on the liminal edge of gender identity. There is something tender in the painting of two male nudes in a room. The soft greys and yellow undertones they are drawn in give the captured moment a soft, pre-dawn feel.

Not everything in the Warning Art Gallery is particularly to this critic’s personal tastes. There is nothing in the exhibition that is easy to pass with only a cursory look. Clearly, from the red stickers marking a lot of the art as sold, other visitors to the gallery agree. It seems that Jamison was right about there being a market for edgier works.

Warning! This is Contemporary Art is at the Crescent Art Centre until June 15.

 

RECENT SALES

FORBIDDEN LAKE, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 30 x 35 cm [SOLD]

ROMANTIC MOONLIGHT, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 76 x 101 cm [SOLD]

OUTHOUSE, Ciaran Magill, watercolour, 30 x 42 cm [SOLD]

FORREST STRIPPED, Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 58 x 83 cm [SOLD]

GREEN LAKE, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 45 x 35 cm [SOLD]

BLEND OF SCIENCE, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 61 x 77 cm [SOLD]

UMBRELLAS, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 35 x 30 cm [SOLD]

 

AMERICAN MALE, Ciaran Magill, watercolour, 15 x 10 cm [SOLD]

Metro Pictures Gallery, New York City, USA

ICELANDIC BEAUTY, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm [SOLD]

UNSEATED, Ciaran Magill, oil on board, 60 x 130 cm [SOLD]

FIREWORKS, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 150 x 120 cm [SOLD]

BIRD ON POST, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm [SOLD]

WATERFALL, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 80 x 110 cm [SOLD]

BERLIN, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm [SOLD]

CLOTHESLINE AT MIDNIGHT, Ciaran Magill

pastel on paper, 84 x 58 cm  [SOLD]

 

HAUNTED, Ciaran Magill, acrylic on paper, 83 x 57 cm [SOLD]

SUMMER SOLSTICE, Ciaran Magill, oil on treated paper, 42 x 58 cm [SOLD]

DAWN BLISS, Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 27 x 29 cm [SOLD]

FAST CAR, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 70 X 100 cm [SOLD]

BLISS (i) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm [SOLD]

BLISS (ii) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 cm [SOLD]

PURPLE MIDNIGHT, Ciaran Magill

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm [SOLD]

FLASH, Ciaran Magill, diptych, oil on linen, 75 x 180 cm (SOLD)

TREE HOUSE, Ciaran Magill, diptych, oil on linen, 75 x 180 cm (SOLD)

 

ONE HUT, Ciaran Magill, oil on linen, 120 x 90 cm [SOLD]

 

BOY ON THE BEACH, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm [SOLD]

AFTER SUMMER RAIN, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 65 x 90 cm [SOLD]

REALITY BEYOND THE GLASS, Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm (SOLD)

EERIE LAKE, Ciaran Magill , oil on canvas, 77 x 61 cm (SOLD)

lRING RING (2009) Ciaran Magill, mixed media on paper, 84 x 59 cm (SOLD)

NUDE SEATED FEMALE, Ciaran Magill, ink on paper, 40 x 28 cm (SOLD)

 

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS OPEN

ART LOVES EDITIONS, THE IVORY, VICTORIA SQUARE, BELFAST

Carrie Neely Contemporary Art is presenting a series of £200 prints based on Ciaran Magill's oil painting, IN MY EYES, at The Ivory, Victoria Square, Belfast. ADMISSION FREE.

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ON PERMANENT DISPLAY

OPEN UNIVERSITY, BELFAST, N. IRELAND

 

MIRROR REALM (2010) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. On display as part of the permanent collection of The Open University, 110 Victoria Street, Belfast, BT1 3GN

NEWRY ARTS CENTRE, N. IRELAND

IN THE HILLS OF LOS ANGELES (2006) Ciaran Magill. Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm. On display as part of the permanent collection of Newry and Mourne County Council. The painting is mounted in the Canavan Room on the second floor of the Sean Hollywood Arts Centry, 1 Bank Parade, Newry, Northern Ireland, BT35 6HP. Telephone: 0044283031318. Opening hours: 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. FREE ENTRY.

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HUMAN FIGURE

POOL (2013) Ciaran Magill, oil on canvas, 80 x 50 cms

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RECENT NUDES

To visit the nude page please CLICK HERE

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Photography © Ciaran Magill and Brendan Jamison 2009-2014

 

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