"A close-up portrait of a bloom, far larger than life and bursting beyond the confines of the painting's edge; a white flower, filling the canvas. A red poppy spreading its papery petals, stark against blackness. An insect climbing a stem, toward a jungle of cut flowers.
Tim Maguire's flower paintings are derived from details of colour-plate reproductions of 17th and 18th Century still lives. But these are not so much transcriptions of three hundred year old paintings as transformations.
While Maguire's paintings may appear to be scrupulous reworkings they are as much improvised as copied from their sources, and often painted extremely rapidly, alla prima, in a manner quite at odds with the meticulous techniques of the Dutch genre painting which provide their source." (A. Searle, Tim Maguire, 1994, p. 3)