Ged Quinn was born in 1963 in Liverpool, UK. He now lives and works in Cornwall.
Ged Quinn is celebrated for his densely layered paintings that transform art historical techniques into contemporary experience. He works in meticulous detail and executes with extraordinary technical skill. Under the artist’s hand, the pastoral landscape and the domestic still life are transformed from the familiar to the fantastic. Multiple histories, narratives and mythological emblems collide. The interplay of elements drawn from Western cultural history, mythology, philosophy and the imagination create an engagement with the viewer that challenges and plays with preconceived notions of beauty and art.
Recent notable solo exhibitions include: ‘Richard Patterson | Ged Quinn’, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy (2018, two-person); ‘Rose, Cherry, Iron Rust, Flamingo’, Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong, (2017); ‘Ged Quinn’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (2014); ‘Ged Quinn’, New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands, UK (2013-2014); ‘Endless Renaissance,’ Bass Museum, Miami Beach, USA (2012-2013); ‘FOCUS,’ Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2012); ‘Ged Quinn,’ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (2010); ‘The Heavenly Machine,’ Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2005); and ‘Utopia Dystopia,’ Tate St Ives, St Ives, UK (2004)
Notable group exhibitions include: ‘Living Ruins’, Worcester Art Gallery and Museum Worcester, UK (2019); ‘Land, City and Sea: British Masters from the David Ross Collection’, The Collection Museum, Lincoln, UK (2018-2019); ‘Heads Roll: An Exhibition Curated by Paul Morrison’, Graves Gallery, Yorkshire, UK (2018); ‘Synthetic landscapes: Reviewing the ideal landscape at Meadow Arts and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Weston Park, Shifnal, UK (2017); ‘Cake and Lemon Eaters: Viktor Pivovarov and Ged Quinn’, Galerie Rudolfinum, Czech Republic (2014); which toured to The Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Czech Republic (2014); ‘Somos Libres II’, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Italy (2014); ‘Landscape 2000’, Osnabrück Cultural History Museum and Felix Nussbaum Haus, Germany (2013-2014); ‘Looking at the View’, Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); ‘The Future is Not What It Used To Be’, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK (2013); ‘Beyond Reality: British Painting Today’, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (2012); ‘Everywhere and nowhere’, Reydan Weiss Collection, Oberstdorf, Germany (2012); ‘The Witching Hour’, Water Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2010); ‘Lust for Life & Dance of Death’, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria (2010); ‘Newspeak: British Art Now’, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010) touring to State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2009); ‘Made Up’, Liverpool Biennale, Tate Liverpool, UK (2008); ‘Collezionami 2’, Biennale of Southern Italy, Bari, Italy (2006); and ‘The Real Ideal’, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK (2005).
Quinn’s works are included in prominent collections internationally, including: British Museum, London, UK; FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA; The Honart Museum, Iran; Tel Aviv Art Museum, Israel; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Olbricht Collection, Essen; Tate, London, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.