Bernard McGuigan

photograph © Sabine Tilly 2012.

Critical acclaim for Bernard's Work

"McGuigan is an outstanding sculptor in stone."

Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art Critic and Presenter of The Culture Show, 2010

"His figures relative abstraction and lack of specific identity render them universally accessible and appealing."

Dr Sally Dormer, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010

"I have been a collector and admirer of Bernard McGuigan's work for many years."

Sir Christopher Ondaatje, Philanthropist and Writer, 2010


Bernard McGuigan was born in Britain in 1956, and has been making sculpture since the age of 16.

He was formerly an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. His work has been shown in many exhibitions and features in a number of private and public collections both in the UK and around the world.

In the tradition of the 20th Century Sculptors, such as Modigliani, Gill, Hepworth and Moore, Bernard uses the method of direct carving by hand into the stone.

The pieces are graceful and deceptively simple, in terms of both their carving style and of their tranquil potency. When first coming across an exhibition of his work, we delight in the perceived tension between stone as a reliable and in relation to our own lives, timeless material, and what we know of the yielding (and less reliable) contours of the human body.  With time this sensation may be remembered in the mind like a line from a requiem, quietly insistent. In returning to his theme and its many variations, McGuigan does not set out to "challenge" us in the contemporary and confrontational sense of the word. There is no mention of "removing boundaries" in his mission statement. On the contrary, in a form of homage to the way that stones have long been used to mark boundaries and places of passage, his sculptures appear to define the limits of individual tenderness in a harsh and competitive world. Standing between artist and spectator, they mediate the ever-present challenge of being alive.

Recent Awards

The British Interior Design Association (Best Sculptor)

The British Design Association (Best Sculptor) Art London Gold Award

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