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Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Miss Chairs, 2014 Charcoal, gouache, oil pastel, and oil paint on Coventry vellum paper, 50 × 43 ½ inches (127 × 110.5 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Miss Chairs, 2014

Charcoal, gouache, oil pastel, and oil paint on Coventry vellum paper, 50 × 43 ½ inches (127 × 110.5 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Richard, 2014 Charcoal, gouache, oil pastel, oil paint, and paint stick on Coventry vellum paper, 38 × 50 inches (96.5 × 127 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Richard, 2014

Charcoal, gouache, oil pastel, oil paint, and paint stick on Coventry vellum paper, 38 × 50 inches (96.5 × 127 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Diane, 2014 Charcoal, oil pastel, oil paint, paint stick, and gouache on Lenox paper, 37 × 37 inches (94 × 94 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Diane, 2014

Charcoal, oil pastel, oil paint, paint stick, and gouache on Lenox paper, 37 × 37 inches (94 × 94 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Junebug, 2015 Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, paint stick, and acrylic silver leaf on Coventry vellum paper, 41 × 44 inches (104.1 × 111.8 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Junebug, 2015

Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, paint stick, and acrylic silver leaf on Coventry vellum paper, 41 × 44 inches (104.1 × 111.8 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Charles Re-Visited, 2015 Charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, paint stick, and gouache on Coventry vellum paper, 50 × 38 inches (127 × 96.5 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Charles Re-Visited, 2015

Charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel, paint stick, and gouache on Coventry vellum paper, 50 × 38 inches (127 × 96.5 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Erica with the Pearl Earring, 2015 Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, and paint stick on Coventry vellum paper, 25 ½ × 25 ½ inches (64.8 × 64.8 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Erica with the Pearl Earring, 2015

Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, oil paint, and paint stick on Coventry vellum paper, 25 ½ × 25 ½ inches (64.8 × 64.8 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Elephant Feet, 2016 Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, and oil pastel on Coventry vellum paper, 44 × 44 ⅝ inches (112 × 113 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Elephant Feet, 2016

Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, and oil pastel on Coventry vellum paper, 44 × 44 ⅝ inches (112 × 113 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ahhhhh, 2017 Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, and acrylic gold powder on Conventry vellum paper, 17 ¾ × 25 ¼ inches (45.1 × 64.1 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ahhhhh, 2017

Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, and acrylic gold powder on Conventry vellum paper, 17 ¾ × 25 ¼ inches (45.1 × 64.1 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Buck Nasty: Player Haters Ball, 2017 Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, and acrylic gold powder on Coventry vellum paper, 35 × 34 ½ inches (88.9 × 87.6 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Buck Nasty: Player Haters Ball, 2017

Charcoal, gouache, soft pastel, oil pastel, and acrylic gold powder on Coventry vellum paper, 35 × 34 ½ inches (88.9 × 87.6 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Preciate it, Unk!, 2018 Oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, gouache, and acrylic gold leaf on linen mounted on wood panel, 20 × 20 inches (50.8 × 50.8 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Preciate it, Unk!, 2018

Oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, gouache, and acrylic gold leaf on linen mounted on wood panel, 20 × 20 inches (50.8 × 50.8 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Duckworth, 2018 Oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, and gouache on linen, 36 × 36 inches (91.4 × 91.4 cm)© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Duckworth, 2018

Oil paint, paint stick, oil pastel, and gouache on linen, 36 × 36 inches (91.4 × 91.4 cm)
© Nathaniel Mary Quinn

About

Each of us is a cacophony of experience. Not just a seamless self.
—Nathaniel Mary Quinn

In his collage-like composite portraits derived from sources both personal and found, Nathaniel Mary Quinn probes the relationship between visual memory and perception. Fragments of images taken from online sources, fashion magazines, and family photographs come together to form hybrid faces and figures that are at once neo-Dada and adamantly realist, evoking the intimacy and intensity of a face-to-face encounter.

Quinn’s passion for drawing began at a young age, while he was growing up on the South Side of Chicago. In ninth grade, he received a scholarship to attend Culver Academies boarding school in Indiana—but a month after arriving at the school, Quinn received news from his father that his mother had suddenly passed away. He returned to Chicago for Thanksgiving the following month, only to find that the rest of his family—his father and brothers—had abandoned his childhood home without a trace. This jarring experience further propelled Quinn’s art, and he decided to commit himself to his education, adding his mother’s name, Mary, to his name so that she would appear on all of his degrees. He received a BA in art and psychology from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 2000, and an MFA from New York University in 2002.

After completing his MFA, Quinn moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he continued to paint while working as a teacher for at-risk youth. In 2013 he had a breakthrough, developing a new technique that would draw wide attention to his work. The mother of one of his students invited Quinn to show five works in an art salon that she was hosting in her home. On the day of the opening, however, he only had four works finished. Improvising, he began to paint a blurred memory of his past, piecing together fragments of images from his subconscious. When he stepped back, he recognized the mouth of his brother Charles.

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Nathaniel Mary Quinn

January 27–February 2, 2021

In his composite portraits derived from sources both personal and found, Nathaniel Mary Quinn probes the relationship between visual memory and perception. Fragments of images taken from online sources, fashion magazines, and family photographs come together to form hybrid faces and figures that are at once Dadaesque and adamantly realist, evoking the intimacy and intensity of a face-to-face encounter.

Photo: Eddie Lee

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Breonna Taylor, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Show Me the Signs

November 10–30, 2020

Show Me the Signs is an online benefit auction hosted by Artfizz to support the families of Black women killed by the police. Over 100 artists have created pieces in the form of protest signs for the auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the African American Policy Forum’s #SayHerName Mothers Network. Work by Louise Bonnet, Piero Golia, Meleko Mokgosi, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Nancy Rubins is included. To register to bid, visit artfizz.com.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Breonna Taylor, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn in
100 Drawings from Now

October 7, 2020–January 17, 2021
Drawing Center, New York
drawingcenter.org

The benefit exhibition 100 Drawings from Now features drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, providing a snapshot of artistic production during the period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as the surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the donated works spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation. Proceeds from the sales will support the Drawing Center and the artists. Work by Cecily Brown, Giuseppe Penone, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Museum Exhibitions

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, C’mo’ and Walk with Me, 2019 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Invisible Sun

May 26–October 3, 2021
The Broad, Los Angeles
www.thebroad.org

Developed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the groundswell of demands for social justice and racial equity, Invisible Sun features artworks that resonate with this unprecedented period of rupture and unrest. The works on view speak to profound transitions, both personal and global—including the AIDS crisis, gender- and race-based violence, unchecked capitalism, and colonialism’s aftermathand form an appeal for healing. Work by Ellen Gallagher and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, C’mo’ and Walk with Me, 2019 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Lil’ Barbara, 2017 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Person of Interest

January 31, 2020–July 3, 2021
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
sheldonartmuseum.org

Exploring nuances in portraiture from the late nineteenth century to today—and testing the very definition of the genre—Person of Interest presents depictions of the literal and abstracted body from Sheldon’s rich holdings and selected loans. This exhibition asks open-ended questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and the performance of identity. In doing so, it prompts conversations about race and representation, institutional power, and lived experiences. Work by Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Jenny Saville is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Lil’ Barbara, 2017 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

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Duro Olowu
Seeing Chicago

February 29–September 13, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work. Work by Brice Marden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Ms. Lykes, 2015 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Someday, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist and M+B, Los Angeles

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Dirty Protest
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

January 24–May 19, 2019
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
hammer.ucla.edu

This exhibition highlights a lively mix of painting, sculpture, and media installations by more than thirty international established and emerging artists, drawn from the Hammer Museum’s collection. Work by Chris Burden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Someday, 2018 © Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Photo: Jeff McLane, courtesy the artist and M+B, Los Angeles

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