Justin Quinn



Well known as a text based artist, Justin Quinn’s new foray into non-objective painting is more loose and reactive than his previously tightly rendered text based prints and drawings. Known for his multi-year conceptual project creating text based works sourced from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Quinn has purged narrative for a tactile, small scale and process driven approach to painting. 

The new work combines atmospheric landscape evocative of the artist’s native snowy Minnesota with loose maze-like geometric abstractions alive with the tension of angled lines and romantic coloration. Working from the outer edge of the surface, Quinn worked intuitively inward painting concentric rectangles toward a center where a formal composition was ultimately resolved. The process of finding center aligns with Quinn’s interest in literal secret or sacred places, with each painting an exercise in finding. 

Justin Quinn earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and an MFA in printmaking and MA in art history from the University of Iowa. Justin is currently a Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University, and preceding that, taught at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Recent exhibitions include: Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (solo, forthcoming, October 2018); Word Dance : Selections from the Collection of the JoAnn Gonzalez-Hickey Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017); Portland Art Museum, Portland, ME (2016); TuckUnder Projects, Minneapolis, Minnesota (solo, 2016); Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois (2015); University of Nevada, Reno, NV (solo, 2014); The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas (2014); and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota (solo, 2012). 

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2018  Auburn University, Auburn, AL
2016  TuckUnder Projects, Minneapolis, MN
2015  Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN
2014  University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2014  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2014  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,  Lacrosse, WI
2012  Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
2010  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2010  Kendall College, Grand Rapids, MI
2009  Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2007  Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2003  A Ramona Studio, New York, NY
2003  Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2002  Shane Campbell, Oak Park, IL

Group Exhibitions 

2017  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2016  Portland Art Museum, Portland, MN
2015  Atrium Gallery, Ball State University
2015  Paramount Gallery, St. Cloud, MN
2014  Waiting Room, Minneapolis, MN
2014  The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
2014  Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2014  Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
2013  Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2013 University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2013  Burnet Gallery at Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis, MN
2013  Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
2012  Marina Cain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012  Staphorst, Galerie Hein Elferink, Staphorst, Netherlands
2012  Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2011  Cain Schulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011  Kit Schulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2009  Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009  Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
2007  International Print Triennial, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
2007  808 Gallery, Boston, MA
2007  Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
2006  Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
2004  Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
2004  13th Tallinn Print Triennial, Rotermann Salt Storage Arts Centre,Tallinn, Estonia 

Public Collections

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Berlin Kupfrerstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
City Of Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami, Florida
University of Minnesota-Duluth, Tweed Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota