David Quinn, artist  (b. Dublin, Ireland 1971).
David has been exhibiting his work for over thirty years. Recent solo shows include Gana Art Nineone, Seoul (2023); Rossicontemporary, Brussels (2022) and Purdy Hicks, London (2021). His first solo show in the USA, will be held later this year, in Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions


painting, Gana Art Nineone, Seoul, Korea
David Quinn, Art Brussels w/ Rossicontemporary


refuge, Rossicontemporary, Brussels, Belgium
cloghan, Anima Mundi, St. Ives, England


stookeen, Purdy Hicks, London, England


flume, Purdy Hicks, London, England
verse, Rossicontemporary, Brussels, Belgium


new work, Gana Art Hannam, Seoul, Korea
paintings, Amaneya Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan


paintings, Yanagisawa Gallery, Saitama, Japan
paintings, Rossicontemporary, Brussels, Belgium
paintings, WCAC, Skibbereen, Ireland
new paintings, Purdy Hicks, London, England


undersong, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland
new work, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland


Start, Saatchi Gallery, London w/ Gibbons&Nicholas
blank, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast


seam, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland


dunkelbunt, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland


pewter, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland
d-esque, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast


murmur, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland


margin, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland


new work, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, Ireland


lost and found, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


new work, 412 Harold's X Road, Dublin, Ireland


new work, Daintree, Dublin, Ireland


new work, Side Door, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin


new work, SDCC HQ, Ireland
new work, Melt, Dublin, Ireland
new work, Jute, Dublin, Ireland


paintings, Cross Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


new work, Maudespace, Sydney, Australia


charlie pelican one show belly, Head, Dublin

Art Fairs

Art Brussels  2023

London Art Fair 2017/2018/2019/2020/2021/2022/2023/2024

Pulse Miami 2017/2018

Context New York 2016

Context Miami 2016

Kiaf Seoul 2017/2018

Contemporary Istanbul 2018

Start London 2016

Curatorial work

2023 - 2025

lucent, an exhibition I conceived and curated, features twelve international artists from five countries, and will travel to four venues in Ireland and England – West Cork Arts Centre; Highlanes Gallery; Wexford Arts Centre and The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth.


YAN, a group show of Irish and Japanese artists, Taylor Galleries, Dublin


RDS Art Awards Show with Janet Mullarney

2013 – 2017

lacuna, a series of four group shows featuring Irish and International artists that I conceived, designed and co-curated with Sabina MacMahon for the Taylor Galleries, Dublin and which Aidan Dunne gave a five star review in the Irish Times.

Selected Group Exhibitions


tinfoil, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
lucent, touring exhibition, Ireland
Kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Japan


Summa, Anima Mundi Gallery


Painting, Purdy Hicks


Richard Gorman, John Graham, David Quinn,
Amaneya Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
Richard Gorman, John Graham, David Quinn,
Yanagisawa Gallery, Urawa, Japan


YAN, Taylor Galleries, Dublin


Buildings are like Birds, Fenderesky Gallery


Dirty Filthy Paintings, BSA Project Space, Australia
Small, Purdy Hicks, London


Two Birds / One Stone, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Island, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast


White Hours, Studio Apothiki, Paphos, Cyprus


Proper Nouns and Adjectives,
Fenderesky Gallery


Marathon Irish, Dialogue, London


Éigse 3O Year Retrospective, VISUAL, Carlow


Fear Not, Íontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo


Emerging Artists, Eigse, Carlow

Awards and Residencies


The Cold Press Residency Award, Norfolk


Metroplitan Fukujusuo Residency, Kyoto, Japan


Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary


Tony O'Malley Studio Residency Award


DLR Professional Development Grant


DIT Portland Row Studio Award


Ballinglen Arts Foundation


Mountjoy Prison (Artists in Prison Scheme)

Selected Bibliography


Aescence, David Quinn - Art As A Marker Of Time


The 189, Silent Poetry – Abstract Paintings by Irish Artist David Quinn


David Quinn, émergent magazine, Issue 2
Seamless, Susan Campbell, Irish Arts Review
David Quinn, Wall Street International magazine


What Lies Beneath, Sunday Independent, Niall MacMonagle
Best Shows This Week, Irish Times, 18 Sep, Aidan Dunne
Visual Artists' News Sheet, Critique, Roisin Russell
Best Shows This Week, Irish Times, 1 Sep, Gemma Tipton


David Quinn, Catalogue Essay, Riann Coulter
Visual Artists' Newssheet, May, Review, Iain Griffin


What Lies Beneath, Sunday Independent, Niall MacMonagle


RHA Newsletter, Summer 2014, pgs. 18-19 & 28


Irish Times, 2nd June, Review, Aidan Dunne


David has a lithograph in the touring exhibition Kwaidan—Encounters with Lafcadio Hearn. The exhibition features prints by 20 Japanese and 20 Irish-based artists consisting  of visual interpretations of Kwaidan, the well-known book of ghost stories published in 1904 by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo.

The next two exhibitions will be in: 

The Ballinglen Museum of Art at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
Main Street, Ballycastle
Mayo / メイヨー
20.04.2024 – 25.05.2024 / 4.20土~5.25土
Ireland / アイルランド


Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of The Arts / 京都芸術大学 ギャルリ・オーブ
14.05.2024 – 27.05.2024 / 5.14火~5.27月 Japan / 日本

Artists from Ireland
Yoko Akino / Ailbhe Barrett / Nuala Clarke / Niamh Flanagan / Richard Gorman / Richard Lawlor / Stephen Lawlor / Sharon Lee / Kate MacDonagh / Alice Maher / Eimearjean McCormack / James McCreary / Ed Miliano / Niall Naessens / Kelvin Mann / David Quinn / Barbara Rae / Robert Russell / Amelia Stein / Dominic Turner

Artists from Japan
Kanami Hano / Yoko Hara / Jin Hirosawa / Aya Ito / O Jun / Mayumi Kimura / Chie Matsui / Seiichiro Miida / Yuuka Miyajima / Shoji Miyamoto / Junko Ogawa / Shoko Osugi / Yuki Saito / Michael Schneider / Sudi / Azusa Takahashi / Yo Takahashi / Kanako Watanabe / Toshiya Watanabe / Katsutoshi Yuasa

The Snow Hears Nothing By The Voice
is a group show in Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast that will open on Saturday 13 April. It will feature work by David, Peter Burns, Paddy McCann and John Van Oers.

work by David Quinn and John Van Oers, photo by Jed Niezgoda

a touring group show of international artists curated by David opened in Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen on July 29, 2023 and ran until September 9, 2023. It is currently on display in Highlanes Gallery in Droghed and will run until April 31, 2024. On June 15, 2024 it will open in Wexford Arts Centre, where it will be until August 30, 2024. In January 2025, the exhibition will travel to The Arts Institute’s Lewinsky Gallery in the University of Plymouth.

The pursuit of the heavenly colour
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

April – May 2024

The chase for blue is never ending, and yet remains elusive, as Lavinia Greenlaw writes in Blue Field:

‘I keep my distance, as things turn blue through stillness and distance;
as everything blue is distant’

Artists since Neolithic times have chased blue even more than gold. In ancient times Lapis Lazuli produced the most treasured pigment. The Egyptians were the first to recreate a synthetic version of this pigment, with blue considered highly valuable as it could lead the soul to immortality.

Millenniums later Kandinsky continued to explore the colour in this vein. ‘Blue’ he wrote in On the Spiritual in Art, ‘assumes overtones of a superhuman sorrow. It becomes like an infinite self-absorption in that profound state of seriousness which has and can have, no end. As it tends towards the bright tones, to which blue is, however, less suited, it takes on a more indifferent character and appears to the spectator remote and impersonal, like the high, pale blue sky.’  In the process of attributing emotions to colours, he dubbed blue the typically ‘heavenly colour.’

The start of the 20th century saw Picasso’s mournful Blue Period, but the prize for obsession of the last century must surely go to IKB, Yves Klein Blue. The passion for the colour is far from dead, spilling forcefully into contemporary art.

Group show including:
Takashi Arai, Sue Arrowsmith, Pierre Bergian, Celine Bodin, Susan Derges, Leila Jeffreys, Nina Murdoch, David Quinn, Santeri Tuori