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A child of the 50s

A child of the 70s

Barrie Maguire banjo at the cottage
A child of the 21st Century

Pam Paparone summed me up pretty well in this 50th birthday card she painted for me.

Ted kenna Hawaii
Step-son Ted and his wife, Kenna
at the lip of the crater.

(Ted is a IT wizard and writer,
Kenna is an artist.

Daughter Amy

Brigid's daughter, Maya,
at age Three (above)
and age Fourteen (below)

Caitlin Liston
Caitlin at 16, another daughter of Brigid

Desmond's Quilt
Terry's boy, Desmond, posed for this painting.

Yeats, Beckett, Maguire, Wilde, Joyce

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Barrie Maguire

I'm a child of the 50s who went off to Notre Dame to worship Football. Before I knew it I was married and working as an Art Director at a big Advertising Agency in their Phila., New York and Chicago offices. After seven years, while working in the Chicago office, I threw it all away to come home to Phila. and open my own tiny ad agency. I must insert here that the last TV commercial
I created in Chicago won a "Best Humorous" Clio and went on to be named 1971's "Best TV Commercial in the World." (no kidding!) 

A few years later, I finally got a real job in Kansas City as a Creative Director at Hallmark Cards.  By now I was a single parent, and I dragged my five children, kicking and screaming, all the way to Kansas. After eight good years (regular paychecks) I threw it all away again. The very day I resigned, I met my future wife, Karen, who had been hoping I could get her a job at Hallmark.  A year later we married and a month after the wedding we moved back East to the tiny, bucolic borough of  Narberth in the Phila. suburbs.  

There, while Karen trudged off to work each day, and the new step-brothers, Ted and Terry, went off to high school, I sat in my converted garage/studio in sandals, tee-shirt and shorts and designed, illustrated and wrote humor books. 

In 1987, I started doing op-ed art for the Inquirer and ten years later, I came up with the idea of delivering op-ed art to newspapers via the Internet: NewsArt.com

Then came Ireland!

In 1998, after a magical first visit to Ireland, I began painting for the first time since college.  Ireland captured me... and I've been painting the Irish people, animals, and green patchwork quilt countryside ever since.  I've even tried to capture her mystical nature as well, and it's the rare year that doesn't include magic time in Ireland.

I come from a family of artists going back four generations.  Three of my six wonderful children are (full or part time) artists, a fourth is a musician, a fifth a writer, and the sixth actually has a job.  You can see a lot of Maguire family art, including work by my mother and grandparents, at www.maguiregallery.com.

I have published a few essays and my local commentary, "The Burro of Narberth," is posted from time to time on the community bulletin board at the Narberth train station.

I recently self-published an e-book novel based on my experiences in the Greeting Card business. It's fun and scary and called The Art Factory.

Once video camers shrunk to pocket size, I started making videos, of  Ireland, of Echo Lake, my upstate New York "summer studio," of County fairs and Irish fiddlers and explorations of my paintings. They've become a passion for me. You can see them on my Video Page.

I am not the Barry McGuire who sang "Eve of Destruction." Neither am I the McGwire who hit 70 homeruns, nor the Barry who hit 700, (and I've never used steroids, as you already know if you've ever seen me in a bathing suit).

Although I met my talented wife, Karen, in Kansas City, she's originally from Lubbock, Texas. Karen is a freelance editor, indexer, and a compiler of Day-at-a-Glance calendars.  She's worked on books and calendars for such luminaries as the late Roger Ebert, Dear Abby, Dr. Ruth, Dave Barry, and Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. And she's currently working on her 25th year of a "Spiritual Moments" calendar. Because she also does an annual Lefthanders calendar she knows the life story of every single famous lefty/southpaw who ever lived. She sings like an angel, plays piano and bass guitar, and has beautiful feet.  


Herself, imortalized on canvas.


Caitlin's daughter, and my
great-granddaughter (!) Elizabeth


Ella, nephew Paul's daughter.


Posing for myself

What I really look like

Daughter Cindy, a professor of Art Education at Adelphia University.

Daughter Brigid, an activist, artist
and all-around force of nature.

Son Barrie, a musician, producer,
and sound engineer

Terry Maguire, Sara Forgione, and the Maggione family
Son Terry and family. Terry makes beautiful furniture pieces when he isn't teaching.

My Mother, Dolly, posed for this painting. 
She passed away 2004 at 89.  
She was a gifted artist.

Karen's father, Sterling Fuller, 
who passed away in 2004 at 91

My father, George "Spike" Maguire
who passed away in 1959 at the
way too young age of 50


Yup, that's one of my paintings in the
Dead Drop Irish Pub on the ABC series,
Whiskey Cavalier
They used nine of them on the set. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to keep the show from being cancelled.

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INDEX of Irish Art - Paintings and Prints of Ireland by Barrie Maguire:

IRISH WRITERS - James Joyce  - W.B. Yeats - Oscar Wilde - John B. Keane - Samuel Beckett - Michael Hartnett - J. M. Synge - George Bernard Sha
w - Brendan Behan - Lady Gregory - Sean O'Casey  - Seamus Heaney