A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Emma McGuire grew up in Nottingham, England and currently divides time between London and New York. Working primarily with photography, McGuire’s body of work examines social and philosophical systems of identity, in particular those derived from the transition of Classicism into Contemporary thought. Underlying each image is the subject’s individual narrative, which has undergone deliberate alterations and has incorporated tactile materials, such as clay, wood and metal. The visual manipulations and distortions complicate our understanding of reality and the subject matter.

The essence of McGuire’s work is in the tension generated between the photographed subject and the spectator, with an intimacy created by blurred forms that facilitates a voyeuristic experience. McGuire grounds her work as, essentially, an investigation into the latent and hidden signs and signifiers, which dictate and control our reading of images and ourselves.

McGuire examines her subjects through both a contemporary and classical conceptualization of the human form. Working in a variety of media, including lithographs, photography, sculpture and film, her practice is wrought with a visceral dynamism, influenced by the work of Francis Bacon and Robert Mapplethorpe. McGuire’s artistic inquiry is concerned with the grey areas of human nature: imperfections, vulnerabilities and contradictions.

2017-ongoing Professional Doctorate, University of East London, UK
2003 – 2005 MA Fine Art Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2000 – 2003 BA Fine Art (First Class Honors), University of East London, London, UK
1999 – 2000 Arts Foundation, Tower Hamlets College, London, UK

2015- Present Senior Lecturer, Specializing in Fine Art, Photography and Fashion, University of East London
2013 – 2015 Senior Lecturer: Fine Art Printmaking and Seminar Series, University of East London, London, UK
2013 – Present External Examiner Photography BA, University of Greenwich/North West Kent
2010 – 2012 Sabbatical, NY, NY
2006 – 2010 Senior Photography Lecturer, University of East London, London,

2017 ‘Female Warrior Army’ London (Leonora Chance)
2017 World Fighting championships, Paris France
2017 ‘Curated Contemporary’ Exhibition and Auction, Southey’s New York
2016 ‘Molly McGuire’ London Fields, London
2016 ‘In Motion’ George Bergés Gallery, New York
2016 Collaboration with Renzo Gracie TBC Abu Dhabi
2013 Galerie Sardac Viewing room, London
2013/14 Galerie Sardac, Lectoure, France
2013 Giorgio Bratto Studio, Milan
2013 Chatsworth House, XXXX, Derbyshire, UK
2012 Warrior, Blackall Studios, London
2008 The Mayfair, Warren St Studio, London
2005 Angel-Angela, Royal College of Art, London
2004 The Emperor’s New Clothes, Indo, London

2017 Wapping space, London (DTBC)
2017 Miss Lou, Frankfurt, (Sept)
2017 Art Auction, Hoxton Arches, ondon
2018 Le Farendole, France (spring)
2016 ‘Black & White’ Molly McGuire Studio, London
2016 Summer Fete, Georges Berges Gallery, NYC
2016 ‘Gender Equality 50/50 2030’, Auction Unites Nations, NYC.
2016 Spring Fete Georges Berges Gallery, NYC
2016 Urban Experience, Georges Berges Gallery, NYC
2015 ‘Winter Fete’ Georges Berges Gallery, NYC
2015 ‘The Nude Male’ AVA UEL, London
2015 ‘Remember’ St Johns Bethnal Green, London
2015 Art Auction, Cock and Bull Gallery, London
2015 ‘River’ AVA UEL, London
2013 The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art
2012 Warrior, Blackhall Studios, London
2007 Warren Street Studio, London
2005 2nd Year Itch, Café Gallery, London
2004 We Are All A Bit Different, Chambers Gallery, London

2018 Le Farendole, France
2013 Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK
2013 Roger Gracie Academy, London
2013 Nottingham POW service, Nottingham, UK
2011 Manhattan Graphics Centre, New York
2010/11 Renzo Gracie Academy, New York
2010 Manhattan Graphics Center, New York
2003 Repton Boxing Club, London