The paintings of Chicago-born artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn blend sophisticated painting and drawing techniques to achieve the appearance of collage. Considered by the artist as "two-dimensional sculptures", his portraiture is realized from photography, without any preliminary sketches, and frequently represents people and figures from his childhood and his close circle. His attempt to duplicate a visual physicality on the surface of the canvas externalizes the world of human beings, exploring the complexity and the wide spectrum of the human condition.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life— • MMoCA, Madison, WI
For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn— • The Drawing Center, New York
Nathaniel Mary Quinn 'This is Life', Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, USA
December 1, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Nathaniel Mary Quinn: This is Life will be on view in MMoCA’s State Street Gallery from December 1, 2018 through March 3, 2019. The exhibition features seventeen of the artist’s mixed-media works on paper, created from 2014 to 2018. During this crucial four year period Quinn developed and refined the collage-like technique now synonymous with his name.