David Quinn

David Quinn (born Dublin, 1971) has been exhibiting regularly since 1995. Recent solo exhibitions include blank (2016) Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, seam (2015), Taylor Galleries, Dublin. Recent group shows include Éigse 30 year Retrospective, VISUAL, Carlow (2013), Proper Nouns and Adjectives, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast and Marathon Irish, Dialogue, London (2012). He received the Tony O’Malley Studio Residency Award in 2015.

'I went to art college to study design and photography but while I was there I kept lots of notebooks in which to put down ideas often with no goal or particular brief in mind. After a while, I realised that these were more interesting, to myself and others, than the more finished projects I produced, and so I figured, why not present them as objects/paintings, in their own right. I didn't set out to be an ‘artist' but it seemed the most obvious route to take if I wanted to keep doing my own thing. I have made larger pieces as well. One piece in the last solo show I had was 8’ x 4’. But I always keep returning to the notebook scale as it allows me to try things out and it matters little if it doesn’t work out. They are also something I can work on no matter where I am, and I like to travel light. I’ve also had to work at times in small studio spaces at times and wouldn’t always have been able to make larger work. Most of my favourite works of art are small. Pieces by Kurt Schwitters, Paul Klee, Agnes Martin, Charles Brady and Forrest Bess come to mind. I also love old Russian icons and miniature Persian paintings. Simonides I think said "painting is silent poetry" and I see these small pieces of mine as visual haikus. They remind me of old paperback books, which I love. '
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