DAVID QUINN : Paintings

9 - 22 December 2020


David Quinn (born 1971, Dublin, Ireland) makes small-scale and intimate paintings, drawing on musical notation, minimalism, book design, signwriting and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.


  • '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, 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. Its nice to be able to work while sitting down too.' (David Quinn)