Connor Maguire was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1977 and studied at the University of Ulster in Belfast.
Connor has now been working steadily as a freelance artist specialising in painting from watercolours to oils, printmaking in the form of woodcuts, linocuts, drawings in charcoal and graphite exhibiting on a local and national level.
Connors paintings are inspired from anything ranging from everyday events, personal experiences, friends or family or just an idea of what something is.
After having his first solo exhibition in the Down Arts Centre in May 2003 he has continued to exhibit taking part in solo and group shows alongside Ireland’s most respected artists such as Neil Shawcross, Basil Blackshaw, Carol Graham and many other acclaimed painters recognised throughout Ireland.
In August 2017 Connor participated in a book launch entitled “The Artists Cookbook” which consisted of 100 Irish artists contributing a piece of art in the form of their favorite recipe. Other Irish artists who were involved were Gordon Harris and PJ Lynch who was Ireland’s Laureate na nÓg in the past.
Connor has received many commissions. One of which was Australian progressive rock band “Caligulas Horse” designing and painting their album cover which was released worldwide in September 2017. You can read more about this by checking out his Art Blog which shows a record of drawings and approaches to the commission.
Connors work has also been published many times. One by Californian fine art Company featuring in a book entitled “Creative minds”. Other magazines such as the Artist and Illustrator has printed on many occasions.
Winning the Chairman’s award in 2003, Connor has gone on to win the “Stephens Award”, “Anna Cheyne Award”, “Carnathan Galleries Award”, “West Dean College Award” amongst many others. He is the youngest member to gain membership to the Ulster Watercolour Society and exhibits on an annual basis with his paintings selling in each show….