Artist Statement

Ruairi Fallon McGuigan is a Belfast born, London based artist. Growing up in Northern Ireland post troubles to an English mother and an Irish Catholic father fuelled Ruairi's interest in identity, particularly Irish identity and its pre conceptions, romances and contradictions. Upon moving to England this became a more complex discussion, concerning nationalism and unionism heightened by a diaspora rivalling over Irish authenticity.  Ruairi's work looks to explore particular elements of this complex subject matter, working on several historical themes concurrently. He explores historical documents and archival imagery to create bodies of visual work to contextualise content, alongside contemporary and live insights into Irish identity, stereotypes and political landscapes. He regularly uses reportage, discussions and observational drawings to build a visual narrative in the form of print-making, paintings and immersive installations.