Maura McGurk is a painter and mixed-media artist whose work is stylistically united by a lyrical abstraction and a sensitivity to beauty in materials and content. These poetic sensibilities sometimes collide with evidence of more worldly deterioration or tragedy, such as the use of urban detritus as collage items, or disquieting themes taken from personal experiences and contemporary news accounts. The paintings reconstruct and reinterpret real experiences, events, or environments through the use of color, found objects, and evidence of the artist’s hand in bursts of drawing.

McGurk has exhibited her paintings at various venues throughout the US and Italy, including the Museum of Motherhood and the Queens Museum of Art. One of her sketchbooks toured the United States in 2010 and is part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library. McGurk has received a grant from the Vermont Studio Center for a residency, was named one of the “Boston Young Contemporaries”, and was a recipient of an AHA! Grant from the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

McGurk has been selected for a SPARC residency at Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. During her SPARC residency, McGurk will develop the Sketchbook Project, which proposes to engage seniors in artmaking, through telling their stories in the visual and accessible format of a sketchbook. This narrative adventure allows seniors to explore, re-awaken, or learn artmaking skills and techniques, as well as to share memories, and personal and cultural histories with the larger community.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist