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Friday, 24th November 2023

Bold colours and mellow moods in Garry’s new show at Newgrange

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Ever wondered why different combinations of colours can change your mood whether in clothing, décor or art? How cool colours such as blues and greys can make you feel calm while warm tones like reds and yellows can make you feel more active and energetic?

No? Artist Garry Maguire did and he shares the results of his experiments with us in a series of modest-sized but powerful oil-colour abstracts in his new exhibition HORIZONS which takes place at Bru Na Boinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange from December1st to Jan 30th.

Local artist Garry Maguire.

Garry says that his investigations took off from a street art project during a Culture Night event a few years ago that placed montages of cuts from coloured theatre gels placed over the tall rectangular street lights in West Street.

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“This prompted me to see if I could capture the colours and sense of transparency in oil painting on canvas, he says.

“I photographed larger versions on a light box and cropped and edited those for the most interesting patterns, contrast and weights of colour. I added a few experiments with texture. I am very pleased with the results.”

Garry finally adds that Bru Na Boinne is the perfect place to showcase his work as light is a strong feature in his work and that it reminds him of the importance of light at New grange during the winter Solstice on the 21st of December.

Garry is a multi-disciplinary artist with over 35 years experience, He is a graduate ofUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David and holds their BA(Hons) degree in Glass: Architectural Arts.

He has won awards and commissions from The Worshipful Company of Glaziers& Painters of Glass in the UK, Botanical Gardens in Dublin and Drogheda Arts Festival. He has created many alternative arts events, festivals and projects including murals and other graffiti projects.

Garry has expressed  a big thank you to Bru Ba Boinne and the Office of Public Works for all
their help.

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