Fintan Magee

Australia 1985

Street Art, Graffiti, Painting, Murals

Fintan Magee
Fintan Magee
October 3, 2016
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Fintan Magee, a prominent Australian street and fine artist, creates socially and environmentally engaged works. He often uses personal experiences in order to describe global world issues – for instance, in 2015, his solo show at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne was dedicated to the depiction of his own experiences with the 2011 Brisbane floods. In addition to pressing issues such as the climate change, Magee often comments on social topics of various people, like the migrant crisis, through his clever and authentic works. The artist has received a great national appraisal for his work portraying Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane and he has participated in various public art festivals in Australia and abroad since 2007.

 New gallery in Sydney is interested in Magee's murals.
Fintan Magee – Mural in Arnhem, Netherlands (Left) / Mural in Kiev, Ukraine (Right) – Courtesy of the artist

Growing up in Australia – Interest in Nature and Street Culture

Fintan Magee was born in 1985 in Lismore, Australia. He was encouraged by his parents to practice drawing since his young age. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Magee began painting full time. Nowadays, his murals, oil paintings, drawings, and prints draw inspiration from multiple sources, such as nature, advertising industry, contemporary culture, and architecture. When it comes to the style of his artworks, it is really eclectic and it represents an entire visual circus of diverse imagery that incorporates both the mundane and the unexpected. To put it simply, Magee highlights the extraordinary and beautiful nature of our everyday life. Magee was exposed to Brisbane’s graffiti culture since his early teenage years and before he started creating canvas-based works, he was strolling the streets of Brisbane and scrawling his name across the city with vibrant and unique letterforms. The artist has moved away from traditional graffiti in the last couple of yeas and developed his trademark large-scale mural style. His most famous work mixes the surreal and figurative imagery and explore urban environment and its decay. The most common topics in Magee’s work are issues of waste, consumption, loss, transition, but also sentimentality and nostalgia related to childhood memories.

To put it simply, Magee highlights the extraordinary and beautiful nature of our everyday life as well as some national issues of contemporary Aussies

News on the artist's murals can be obtained via his instagram, facebook and twitter.
Fintan Magee – Head in the clouds, Portugal – Courtesy of the artist

Exhibition History and Collaborations of Fintan Magee

Fintan has been a very prolific exhibitor – he has showcased his works throughout Australia and has been selected as a finalist for the Prometheus, Churchie and Lethbridge art prizes. In 2012, he won a 4-week residency at ISAD studios in Jakarta, where he collaborated on a large-scale installation with Indonesian artist collective called Ruangrupa. Their collaborative piece was later included in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial. When it comes to Maggee’s new exhibitions, in April 2016 he had his solo show entitled The Backwaters, Stories from the Endless Suburbia, at Galleria Varsi in Rome, Italy. The main theme of this solo exhibition revolves around the artist’s childhood memories of his native country. Maggee tells majestic stories about an isolated Australian town inhabited by people from all over the world, such as Indians, Filipinos, Maoris, Vietnamese and Pakistanis, who have created an authentic cultural melting pot.

In April 2016, Fintan Magee had his solo show entitled The Backwaters, Stories from the Endless Suburbia, at Galleria Varsi in Rome, Italy

Fintan Magee – The Backwaters at Galleria Varsi, 2016 – ©Blindeyefactory

Leading Figure in Australian Street Art

Thanks to his diligence, enviable technical skills and unique approach to both street art and canvas-based pieces, Fintan is considered one of Australia’s most important emerging artists. Everyone has a story worth telling. Be tolerant and understanding of others, says the artist about his personal motto. He has traveled extensively in the last couple of years because he was commissioned to complete many exciting public projects in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Moscow and Oslo, to name a few . Together with other prominent street artists from Australia, Magee contributed to Toowoomba’s First Coat project and festival.

Fintan Magee lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

Featured image: Fintan Magee’s Portrait – Photo Credits Maksim Belousov

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016The BackwatersGalleria Varsi, Rome, ItalySolo
2015Oceanic, with AskewRexromae Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014First Coat, Street Art FestivalToowoomba, Queensland, AustraliaGroup
2013Americas Tour 2013- 2014All across USASolo
2013Limitless (Video)Miami, USAGroup
2013Northern ExposureAmbush Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2013Public installationJakarta Beinnale of Contemporary Art, Indonesia.Solo
2013Wonderwalls, WoolongongCBD, WoolongongGroup
2013SiasatJakarta Biennale, IndonesiaGroup
2013Europe tour, 2013All across EuropeSolo
2013Neon GoldenAbove Second Gallery, HongkongGroup
2013Storm WaterThe Tate Gallery, SydneySolo
2013No ParlayShed4 at South Wharf, Docklands, MelbourneGroup
2012Rinse and RepeatAmbush Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2012Lower-Fi collectiveLO-FI , Surrey Hills, MelbourneGroup
2012BAG projectBack Alley Gallery, LismoreGroup
201250/50Jugglers  Artspace, BrisbaneGroup
2011Boogie down PerthHole in the wall gallery, PerthGroup
2011ConfinesJust Us Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2011Paper PlainsRtist Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Paste Modernism 3Cockatoo Island, SydneyGroup
2011ContrabandWhite Canvas Gallery, AustraliaGroup
2011House of GiantsJugglers  Artspace, BrisbaneSolo
2011Love Street BanditsLO-FI Collective, MelbourneGroup
2011Cathartic AuctionBleeding HeartsGroup
2010X ShowJugglers  Artspace, BrisbaneGroup
2010Small art showFor walls Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2010District 9Fort Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2010Fly on the wallFort Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2010Step up foundation, fund raiserVisible InkGroup
2009Bamboo RollercoasterThe Fort Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
2009Making a NameOpen Studios, Coffs HarbourGroup
2009Well HungVersus Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2009VersastyleThe Fort Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2007Visual FlirtationSouthbank plaza, MelbourneGroup
2007Altered StatesSouthbank TAFE, BrisbaneGroup