Artists Who Inspire Me: Jack Quinn

May 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Every now and again, I like to feature the work of another Artist who's creativity inspires me. This month, I am pleased to showcase the work of Jack Quinn. Jack is a nationally recognized fine art painter and award winning wood craftsman with many first place and best-in-show awards to his credit. He often creates pieces that mix different materials, such as wood, metal and paper, and/or which utilize found items, whether from a yard sale or in the woods near his home. Jack's work is truly one of a kind. 

He recently placed second in the sculpture category at the Works in Wood National Juried Exhibition, and was a Best in Historic Category at The New Jersey State History Fair Art Exhibition. His paintings have been accepted in the Monmouth Museum's International Exhibition, the American Watercolor Society's Annual International Exhibition in New York City and the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition in New York City.  His work has been featured twice in The New York Times and today he is a highly sought after demonstrator, judge and lecturer.

This is what Jack has to say about his work:

Although I’ve been drawing and painting all my life, I was also a former systems engineer for Bell Labs.  I embrace the technical challenges that different media present to me.  My art is all about satisfying my personal aesthetic --  it doesn’t have to tell a story, it doesn’t have to accurately capture a scene, it doesn’t have to have a deeper meaning – it just has to look good!  And when I say good, I mean a design that pulls in the shapes, colors and textures that visually please me.  Every piece of artwork I produce comes from my imagination – beginning with a white piece of paper and nothing else – even for realistic work.  I conjure up a design and some textures and then figure out how I might lace them together – sometimes it takes on the form of real objects, sometimes not.  Although I do a lot of work on wood (because I love to use the grain as a design element), I am beginning to explore the use of metal and other found objects to drop into new designs.”

On a personal note, in addition to enjoying his unique and thought-provoking art, I would like to thank Jack for his commitment to the New Jersey Arts Association (formerly Millburn-Short Hills Arts Center). He’s not only an active exhibiting member, but he is also a great asset through all the service he does for the group. Much appreciated Mr. Quinn!

When Jack is not at home in Morris Plains, NJ with his family, he can be found roaming the regional countryside in search of raw materials and/or subject matter for his next project. Feel free to visit his web site at or e-mail Jack at [email protected]

Jack Quinn: You Inspire Me!

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