Ged Quinn

Ged Quinn

British
b. 1963
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Overview

British artist Ged Quinn is renowned for his densely layered paintings that combine symbolic and surreal elements and transform art historical references into contemporary experience.

British artist Ged Quinn is renowned for his densely layered paintings that combine symbolic and surreal elements and transform art historical references into contemporary experience.

Ged Quinn was born in 1963 in Liverpool, UK. He now lives and works in Cornwall.

Richly layered with meaning and symbolism, Quinn’s works combine complex histories and mythological references with the traditions of landscape, still-life and genre painting. Drawing on inspiration from art history, Quinn uses paintings by artists such as Claude Lorrain, Caspar David Friedrich and Jacob van Ruisdael as source material to form multi-layered narratives. Themes of religion, politics, literature and film permeate his works. Yet with decidedly Surrealist undertones, Quinn's dream-like paintings resist interpretation. 

Quinn’s third solo exhibition opened at Stephen Friedman Gallery in November 2019. Offering an emotional response to an imagined landscape, this new body of work represents an important shift in the artist’s practice and marks a departure from creating reproductions of paintings from art history. 

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