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Bright Colors and Splashy Textures: Art by Mary Maguire

A painting of a woman's face in bright colorsVibrance

Mary Maguire is a graphic fine artist creating artwork in a variety of media. Mary’s works treat realistic figures and faces with layers of bright colors and splashy textures for a result that’s undeniably contemporary.


An artist's rendering of a painting situated in a staged interiorStrength 4 , acrylic on canvas (pictured in Interior 2)

The artworks featured in Mary’s portfolio are dramatic and theatrical, and follow the aesthetic sensibilities of commercial art and illustration. The artist’s paintings of horses are more subdued and have a modern, somewhat ethereal quality that’s quite elegant. I like the way Mary includes two images of each work on her website – an image of the work itself, and a supplemental artist’s rendering of the work in a staged living room. It’s interesting to look at art that’s framed in this way, with such an emphasis on formal and compositional qualities, as well as the overall size and shape of the canvas.


A screen capture of the front page of Mary Maguire's art websiteThe front page of Mary's art website


Mary’s portfolio sits nicely alongside that of Carmen Estrada or Vesa Peltonen, both of which also work on a commissioned basis, creating beautiful pieces for homes and collectors. 


A painting of horses running in a white fieldCrystal Run, acrylic

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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