ABOUT THE ART
See this brief photo essay for a concise take.
Broadly, I see abstract paintings as catalysts. At their best, they put you in touch with something specific, non-didactic and unsayable by other means, and empty you into a delta of thought and feeling.
After that, you're on your own.
If you have questions, comments or would like more information, please email me: christopherquirk - at - icloud - dot - com.
I am an artist living in Brooklyn, and I've been here for 20 years. Before that I moved around quite a bit, working and/or studying in Baltimore, Boston, Santa Fe, Chicago, Rome and Philadelphia, more or less in that order. I studied film and art history at UMBC in Baltimore but left school before finishing a degree to pursue painting. Later, I earned an MA in Liberal Education from St. John's College in Santa Fe, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia, and I have returned to Italy for extended periods to work. I have exhibited my work since 1990. My résumé is below if you would like more details.
Solo and two/three person exhibitions
2009 - John Finneran, Leeza Meksin, Christopher Quirk, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, New York.
- BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
- 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.
2000 - Antigone, Alice K. Rogers Gallery of St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Selected group exhibitions
2018 - Small Works, Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
- Space 776, Brooklyn, New York.
-Falling Forward, The Factory, LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, New York.
- Summer Exhibition, curated by Grace Lerner and Richard Mazda, The Factory, LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, New York.
2016 - The Persistent Nature of Urgency, curated by Lowell Boyers and Jeff Quinn, Mayson Gallery, New York, New York.
2011 - Close Encounters, Gallery 51, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Massachusetts.
2010 - On the Grid, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, New York.
- BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
2009 - BCB Art, Hudson, New York.
2008 - Painting: Process, Walsh Gallery, curated by Jacqueline Bekiaris and Maria Silvestri, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.
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.
- 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.
1997-2000 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.
1997-1998 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, St. John's University, Queens, New York.
Paul Behnke, “In Process with Christopher Quirk,” Structure and Imagery, November 2013.
Tim Singleton, “Guiding Flow: The Paintings of Christopher Quirk,” Little Patuxent Review, Winter 2011.
Laura Shovan, “Reflections on Water,” Little Patuxent Review online, 25 January 2011.
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.
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.
MFA, Painting, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
MA, Liberal Education, Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Undergraduate studies, film/film theory/art history, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland.