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