Martin “Macism” McGuinness


Impossible Nation, 2010

Martin “Macism” McGuinness is a fine artist based in Alyth, Scotland whose work includes portraits, large-scale mural paintings and site specific abstract designs. He is particularly interested in exploring the connection with his immediate surroundings and experiences.

Martin was unconditionally accepted into Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2006 and graduated in 2010 with a First Class (Honours) Degree in Fine Art. He was awarded the Benny Esposito Portrait Prize in 2007, and exhibited in JAM Gallery, Dundee in 2007, featured in the Rough Cut Nation exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland in 2009 and embarked on projects internationally in Hong Kong, China and Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

He was awarded Young Citizen of the Year Award in 2004 for his contribution to public art within the community in the Perthshire town of Alyth. He continues to teach young people through workshops in the methods of drawing and painting seasonally throughout Scotland.

Since graduating, Martin has continued to work as a solo artist and on large-scale collaboration projects and exhibitions, notably “Black Lodge”, Recoat Gallery, Glasgow, 2011, a collaborative exhibition generating ideas of a cult collective. Highlands and Islands Enterprise Commission, John O’Groats Hotel, 2010, based on the darker side of nostalgia. “Riotous”, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, 2012, a collaboration about mass media and communication. “Upfest”, Bristol, 2012, Europe’s Biggest Street Art Festival. “Walls Project”, 5th Base Gallery, London, 2013, a large-scale mural in collaboration with Global Street Art. Perthshire Open Studios in 2013 and 2014 and NorthSouth, a major commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Tay Bridge in 2017.  SWG3’s Yardworks 2018 Festival and most recently has been commissioned to create one Dundee’s largest murals on the side of a tenement block in Stobswell which is being supported by V&A Dundee as part of the one-off 3D Festival to celebrate its opening.

Recent inspirations in Martins work combine notions of the synchronicity between universe and mind, observations of landscape and discovering the resonance between death and the deep intense beat of progressive, minimal electronica to discover and create large-scale paintings and murals, and installation based work ranging from sculpture to space transformation and design.