Tom Quinlavin

abstract painting

abstract painting


The choice early in life to make abstract paintings is to undertake a rich journey, but one that is, more than not, solitary and accompanied by self-doubt.

Tom Quinlavin has been making abstract paintings in the expressionist genre as long as I’ve known him, which goes back to New York City around 1982. 

From the time he finished his studies with Robert Yasuda at C.W. Post, Tom never looked toward academia for support, instead venturing on an independent course pushing his personal limits of freedom and excessiveness. Always sincere and full of conviction, Tom’s work relies on an energy of unknown fearlessness and chaos and ranged from bacchanalian-inspired gestures of recklessness to gestures of furious directional intensity.

With his recent work, his imagery continues to emerge with increasing focus, discrete edges and autonomous elemental shapes.

A quiet confidence has replaced the unbridled recklessness in his earlier work while the exuberance of color and materiality persist.

- Donald Alberti

Bio


Thomas T. Quinlavin
Born in New York, NY 1957

EDUCATION
C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY, B.F.A. 1982

ONE PERSON SHOWS

2017 The Art Cottage,Concord, Ca
2005- 2006 Bank of America, El Sorbronte,CA 
2003- 2004 Bank of America, El Cerrito, CA
1986 Freddie the Dreamer Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Hutchinson Gallery, C.W. Post, L.I.U., Greenvale, NY

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
1998 The Emeryville Art Exhibition, Emeryville, CA
1997 The Emeryville Art Exhibition, Emeryville, CA
1996 The Emeryville Art Exhibition, Emeryville, CA
1994 Group Show, Chase Manhattan Bank, St. John, USVI
1992 Rooftop Billboard, 2B Gas Station, New York, NY
1991 Two Artists, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY
1990 Artists Against War, Art in General, New York, NY
1990 Crozier Fine Arts, New York, NY
1990 Dog Days, Dance Theatre Workshop, New York, NY
1989 Degenerate Art, The World, New York, NY
1989 The Flag Show, Red Zone, New York, NY
1988 Twenty Men Artist, The Tunnel, New York, NY
1988 Uncensored, The Limelight, New York, NY
1987 Quinlavin, Toyo, Estrada, New Amsterdam Brewery, New York, NY
1986 The Rivington School, No Se No, New York, NY
1985 The Pressure Point, Wunsch Arts Center, Glen Cove, NY
1985 Heroin Show, Curated by Art Guerra, The World Club, New York, NY
1985 The A&P, New York, NY
1984 El Pueblo, New York, NY
1984 El Pueblo, New York, NY
1984 301 Houston, New York, NY
1984 301 Houston, New York, NY
1983 S.I.N. Club, New York, NY

MEDIA
1990 Images/Art New York Series, Art New York, Produced and Directed by Bill Page

ART RELATED EXPERIENCE
1990 Costume Design for Trilogy, Dance Space, New York, NY
1989 Set Design for Delta of Venus, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY
1989 Curator of Dog Days, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY
1987 Curator of Quinlavin, Toyo, Estrada, New Amsterdam Brewery, New York, NY
1983 Curator of S.I.N. Club Gallery, New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Janice De Jesus, The East Bay Times, August 1, 2017
Jolene Thym, The Oakland Tribune, October 3, 1997
Eileen Smith, Caribbean Travel and Life, January-February 1995
Amei Wallach, "Abstract Power", New York Newsday, February 22, 1985

Contact



conquin@pacbell.net
925-639-1922
2883 Foskett Ave
Concord CA 94520

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