Joe Quinn

MFA '22 Fine Arts Low-Residency

My work is an outward manifestation of my own internal dialogue, and a reaction to a tumultuous and information-overloaded world. Subject matter flows from the political and societal challenges of today and seeks to confront the absurdities of institutionalized and individual dogmas. The issues I confront are seen from a culturally diverse, urban, working-class perspective. Visually, my imagery comes from a sort of muscle memory of engagement within the blue-collar environs of New York City during my coming of age in the 1970s and 80s. The resulting visual language employs a symbolism found within—and representative of—this environment. A loaded paint brush, marker, pastel stick, or welder in my hand automatically seeks to create marks, line, shape, and blocks of color tending toward a modernist graffiti, of graphic and Neoexpressionist influence. Though rooted in earlier art historical periods, my work speaks in a contemporary sense to current history and subject matter.

Elements of the absurd in my work exist to confront an even more absurd reality. I am in no way consciously attempting to be didactic; I am instead engaging in a conversation that stems from a deep-rooted personal curiosity.



Joe Quinn is a multi-medium artist working in painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography. Influenced by the visual landscape of the New York City street art of the 1970’s and 80’s, he confronts contemporary social issues in real time. Quinn holds a BA in art studio from Coastal Carolina. A native New Yorker, Joe now lives in South Carolina.