Nathaniel Mary Quinn is a mixed media artist who creates large-scale figurative artworks, which he refers to as “hybrid creatures.” His assemblages and paintings splice, fuse, and fracture together seemingly unrelated features and portions of the face and body to create composite portraits. Quinn’s portraits are culled from a range of source material including biographical memories, experiences, and contemporary imagery. Addressing how identity is constructed, Quinn embraces the duality of human essence including beauty and grotesque, achievement and failure, and vulnerability and power.
Quinn was born in Chicago and grew up in the Robert Taylor homes on the South Side. His childhood experiences of poverty, violence, and abandonment are prevalent themes and sources of inspiration in his artistic practice. Quinn received his BA from Wabash College in 2000 and his MFA from New York University in 2002. Since attending graduate school, Quinn has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2014, Quinn had a critically acclaimed solo exhibition, “Past/Present” at Pace London Gallery. Past exhibitions have included the Museum of Contemporary and African Diasporan Arts, New York; Rush Arts Gallery, New York; The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Quinn will have his first solo exhibition at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in fall, 2015.

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9/11/2015 - 10/24/2015
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