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Christopher Quirk
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: I began painting abstractly from the first moment I picked up a brush. I immediately recognized it as a way of making the subtle ideas, perceptions and nuances of our interior life concrete. Ambiguity plays an important role in my painting. As in poetry or Zen, it serves as a means of working with the ephemeral or contradictory aspects of our experience that resist clear and direct statement. In addition, the physical qualities of painting are vital to my work.

To make my paintings, I employ forms that may bring to mind biological, cartographic, bodily or geological elements. I juxtapose them in silvery or latticed fields to create a web of possible associations and relationships that are both suggestive and subject to change. The images are at times obscure, even to me, and the paintings gestate for weeks or months—the products of a dynamic, contemplative process of drawing, composing, improvising and refining.

My process treats each painting as both object and image. I build up forms with heavy acrylic and alkyd mediums. The fields in which the forms lie are created with a combination of glazes, pours and skeins of liquid paint. Sometimes I use metallic paints, translucent gels or sand to enhance the physical and tactile complexity of a painting.

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Solo or two-person exhibitions

2009 BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
2009 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
2000 Antigone, Alice K. Rogers Gallery of St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

Selected group exhibitions

2010 On the Grid, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, New York.
2010 BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
2009 John Finneran, Leeza Meksin, Christopher Quirk, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, New York.
2009 BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
2008 Night of a Thousand Drawings, Artists Space, New York, New York.
2008 Painting: Process, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Curated by Jacqueline Bekiaris and Maria Silvestri. (catalogue)
2005 NurtureArt, Spike Gallery, New York, New York.
2001 Inside/Out, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
1998 Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.
1997 St. John’s University Gallery, Queens, New York.
1994 Temple Gallery, Temple University, Rome, Italy.
1993 Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
1993 No Palace Studio, Chicago, Illinois.
1990 Armory for the Arts Invitational, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Awards, Residencies, Fellowships

2009 Grant, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., New York, New York.
2002 Grant, Kittredge Fund, Augusta, Maine.
2001 Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
2001 Grant, Change, Inc., New York, New York.
2001 Grant, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., New York, New York.
1994-96 Teaching Fellowship, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visiting Artist Lectures, Projects

2009 Visiting Artist Lecture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
2009 Artist’s Talk, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
2006 Visiting Artist Project, IS 71, Brooklyn, New York.
2001 Visiting Artist Lecture, Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland.
2000 Visiting Artist Lecture, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
1996 Visiting Artist Lecture, Temple University, Rome, Italy.


Lucio Pozzi, “Letter from New York”, Il Giornale dell’Arte, N. 290, September 2009.
Tim Bowring, Interview, WRIR Radio, Richmond, Virginia, 16 January 2009.
Bird Cox, "See It/Mark Making," Brick Weekly, Richmond, Virginia, 4 January 2009.
The Independent, "Pagan Relic," exhibition announcement with photograph. Columbia County, New York, 9 January 2009.
Jacqueline Bekiaris and Maria Silvestri, Painting: Process, exhibition catalogue, Seton Hall University, January 2008.
Nicole Ruhn, “Art Exhibit at SJU Galleries,” CSB/SJU Community, Collegeville, Minnesota, December 2000.
Temple Times, exhibition announcement with photograph. Vol. 26, no. 24, 11 April 1996, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


MFA 1996, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
MA 1989, Liberal Education, Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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