FINTAN MAGEE

From working-class subjects to environmentally-focused commentary, the Australian artist has emerged as a unique figurehead for the socially-conscious twenty-first century muralist community and is often referred to as a social realistic painter.
He is specialised in large-scale murals, and with a strong interest in society, many of the murals that Magee has made around the world often depict topics of societal concern with outset in the town or country he is working in. As part of the ‘Out in the Open’ mural project of KIRK Gallery, this resulted in the outstanding mural 'Structure'.

Fintan Magee was born in 1985 in Lismore, New South Wales, and is now based in Sydney.
Growing up with an English mother and an Irish father who met at art school and both had creative careers, it seemed very natural for Fintan Magee to start drawing and experiment with graffiti already as a child. Later on, his parents moved to Australia where Magee grew up in Brisbane in a neighbourhood where graffiti was a natural part of being a teenager in high school. At the same time, it was a working-class neighbourhood from which the social consciousness found in Magee’s work grew.
Magee puts it like this:
‘Looking back, I realised that, in particular, the big art institutions and artists themselves weren't really connecting with working people. When I started painting murals, I saw that as an opportunity to just reconnect with people who don't have "capital A" art as part of their daily lives in a way that feels natural. I feel like that disconnection is kind of intentional, particularly in Australia and Britain, and reinforces the class system.’
Drawing from personal experience and the mundane, his figurative paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and exude an inherent sentimentality and softness.
EDUCATION

2009 Bachelor of Fine arts- Griffith University, QCA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Days grow longer, KIRK Gallery, Denmark

2020
Nothing makes sense anymore, Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood, Australia

2018
The dry, Thinkspace Projects

2017
Waves, Galerie Mathgoth, Paris

2016
The Backwaters, Rome, Italy

2014
Orcanic, Rexromae Gallery, London

2013
Storm Water, Tate Gallery, Sydney

2011
Paper Planes, Rtist Gallery, Melbourne
House of Giant, Jugglers Gallery, Brisbane


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Inside out, KIRK GALLERY, Denmark

2019
Up The Wall, KIRK GALLERY, Denmark

2018
On The Move, KIRK Gallery, Denmark
Vitality and Verve II, Long Beach Museum of Art

2015
Re-discover, Bunbury Regional Gallery, Bunbury

2014
The pitiless Gaze of hysterical Realism, 999 Contemporary, Rome, Italy
L’echange urbain, Judy Roller Gallery, Melbourne
Scoop London / Saatchi Gallery, London Stockroom, Tate Gallery, Sydney

2013
Northern Exposure, Ambush Gallery, Sydney
Tents in the Clouds, Word of Art Gallery, Cape Town
Neon Golden, Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong
Print and Staple, Tate Gallery, Sydney

2012
7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Rinse and Repeat, Ambush Gallery, Sydney
Four Letter Word, Tate Gallery, Sydney
Street dealing, Gardu House Gallery, Jakarta
50/50, Jugglers Gallery, Brisbane

2011
Sofles and Fintan Magee, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Perth
Confines, Just Us Gallery, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast
Past Moderism, Cockatoo Island, Sydney
The Boroughs Art Prize, Globe Headquarters, Melbourne
Cathartica, Bleeding Hearts Gallery, Brisbane
Love Street Bandits, Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney
Contraband, White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane

2010
Fly on The Wall, Fort gallery, Brisbane
Smith Street Art Prize, Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne
District 9, Fort Gallery, Brisbane
A3 Small Art Show, For Walls Gallery, Melbourne
All good Things come in three´s, Jugglers gallery, Brisbane