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Ged Quinn

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Ged Quinn, an English artist, studied at the Ruskin in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and theRijksakademie in Amsterdam.  Quinn makes paintings that appear at first sight to re-visit artificial locations from the tradition of European landscape and other genres. Using the methods of seduction and deflection as a visual and conceptual strategy, these works interweave contemporary themes and become extravagant environments for Quinn’s own imagery and ideas. By referencing and then distorting recognisable sources within European art history they present viewers with apparently collective memories unsettled by his own observations.

Quinn was also the keyboard player in the Liverpool group The Wild Swans (band). He was one of the three original core members, along with Paul Simpson and Jeremy Kelly, and played on their Zoo Records 12" single The Revolutionary Spirit/God Forbid released in 1982.


1982-1985 Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford
1985-1987 Slade School of Fine Art
1988-1990 Kunstakademie Dusseldorf
1993-1994 Rijksakademie Amsterdam
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
My Great Unhappiness Gives me a Right to your Benevolence, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
The Heavenly Machine, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Utopia Dystopia, Tate St Ives, UK
New Paintings, Marlene Eleini, London, UK
Oxide Cinema, video media installation, Rijksakademie Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Selected Group Exhibitions
Newspeak: British Art Now, State hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
Kunskog, Five Hundred Dollars, London, UK
Kings, Gods and Mortals, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin, Germany
John Moores 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Liverpool Biennale 2008, ‘Made Up’, Tate Liverpool, UK
Jekyll Island, curated by Erik Parker and Max Henry, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, USA
DoktorsTraum, Olbricht Collection – New Aspects. Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany
Monochrome: Drawing & Prints, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire, UK
Stranger than Paradise, curated by Max Henry, Galerie Charlotte Moser, Genève, Switzerland
Rockers Island, Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Salon Nouveau, curated by Jasper Sharp, Engelholm Engelhorn Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Collezionami, 2nd Biennale of Southern Italy. Curated by Grazia de Palma. Bari, Puglia, Italy
The Real Ideal, with Damien Hirst, Gregory Crewdson, Pippolotti Rist, Millenium Galleries, Sheffield, UK
Wonderings…, with Peter Macdonald, Judith Goddard & Sean Dower, Waugh&Thistleton. London, UK
ShowCASe, City Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
MOSTYN 2005, Oriel Mostyn, LLandudno, Wales
Brooks Quinn Voss, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK
Show, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, USA
IWPC 10, Museum of Recent History, Ljubliania, Slovenia
Performance, Video installation with Oliver Herring. Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Language of the Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubliana, Slovenia
1995 British Council bursary for Slovenia
1993 NUFFIC bursary for Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
1988 DAAD Scholarship
1987 Boise Fellowship
Honart Museum, Iran
Olbricht Collection, Essen, Germany
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Tate Collection, London, UK
Tel Aviv Art Museum, Israel
Victoria & Albert Musuem, London, UK


Recent Exhibits

Ged Quinn participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition
Stephen Friedman Gallery
May, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Stephen Friedman Gallery
Oct, 2013 FLAG’s 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition
FLAG Art Foundation
Oct, 2013 Revisioning History
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Sep, 2013 History Becomes You
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Pantin
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