Ann Quinn
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  1. Artist Biography
     
  2. Artist Statement
     
  3. Exhibition History




Artist Biography

Ann Quinn is an analog, black and white photographer. Her exhibition history spans 40 years and includes drawing, painting and digital photography, all of which serve to enrich her use of film.

After a childhood in California’s Central Valley, she began her training in the visual arts in college, pencil and ink first, then watercolor. With Master Hau Pei-Jen she studied Sumi-e painting and the primacy of line. Later, after moving to the Humboldt Coast, she was introduced by John Rutherford to painting oil on paper: the layered expression of form. It was here that Ann began exploring the use of photography in support of her painting.

Ann moved to Washington State in 1996, and in 2002 began her formal study of photography, with an emphasis on black and white film processes, at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. Challenges and questions regarding the use of one process in particular, the application of Pyrogallol, led her to write for advice to the person who formulated the compound, and that began her ongoing informal apprenticeship with master photographer John Wimberley. To the line and form of her compositions the camera adds the dimension of time.

Since 2004 Ann has exhibited only black and white analog photographs, developed and printed by hand in her home darkroom. In 2009, John and Ann had a two-person show at Benham Gallery in Seattle, “Surprises and Miracles,” featuring John’s landscapes and petroglyphs with Ann’s portraits of “Flowers at Apogee.” Ann now lives on the Puget Sound west of Seattle, where she continues to work with her 50 year-old Hasselblad camera, focusing on beauty that is within reach. Her latest work continues this theme in multiple-panel images of the “Delicate Reach,” still-lifes, and intimate portraits of nature.


Artist Statement

I make analog black and white photographs. My current work builds on my experiences with drawing, watercolor, and oil painting, and remains committed to presenting form and line as expressions of time. My inspiration stems from the world close around me, as accessible as my own garden. My grandmother’s garden surrounded her house, all of it nestled in a peach orchard. When I played there as a child I was amazed by the beauty and elegance of the flowers, each different, even if from the same root. I enjoyed watching closely as each bloom opened, reaching to become all it could be before quietly fading away. I wonder, when will my own apogee come? Will it pass while I am not looking?

As a painter, I learned to use photographs to find and hold the moments that express that reach. The more I learned about photography as a tool, the more I saw its potential as a primary medium. The first work I showed in photography was digital, based on images made in support of my painting.  But I found what I was looking for in analog processes.

Like watching the blooms of the flowers, analog photography lets me watch the blossoming of each image, performing by hand the processes of development and printing, with chemicals I mix, in a darkroom I built. My camera of choice is manual, mechanical, and generations-old, my gateway to the world of alchemy in the service of beauty. Within the empty space of the camera box, the fire of natural light is committed to memory by the film, to be retold in the language of silver floating on paper. Earth, water, fire, and air are brought together
to form an image, a moment of natural balance.


Exhibition History

 

 

2015

“Small Expressions 14,” Northwind Arts Center,
Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Teresa Verraes

 

“Focus: Grayscale,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR

2011

“Push Pin Show,” Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA

 

“12th Annual Expressions Northwest,” Northwind Arts Center,
Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Gary Faigin

2010

“More than you Imagined,” Auburn City Hall; Two Person Show with Victoria Bjorklund

 

“11th Annual Expressions Northwest,” Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Suzanne Beal

2009  

“Surprises & Miracles,” Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA; Two Person Show with John Wimberley

2007

“9th Annual Expressions Northwest,” Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Lisa van Doren

2006

“8th Annual Expressions Northwest,” Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Susan Parke

2005

“7th Annual Expressions Northwest,” Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Esther Luttikhuizen

2004

“Roses Are Red” Art Walk, Bainbridge Bakers, Bainbridge Island, WA

 

“Light in Bloom,” Checkers Gallery, Poulsbo, WA

2003

“Artist of the Month,” Barnes & Noble, Silverdale, WA 

 

“Portraits of Color,” Holly’s Fine Flowers, Port Townsend, WA

2002

“4th Annual Art Port Townsend,” Northwind Arts, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Jim McDonald

 

“Winners’ Circle Invitational,” Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA

 

“Light in Bloom,” Holly’s Fine Flowers, Port Townsend, WA

2001

“3rd Annual Art Port Townsend,” Northwind Arts, Port Townsend, WA; Juried by Peggy Weiss

 

Peninsula Art League Spring Show, Tacoma Community College,
Gig Harbor, WA

 

“Light in Bloom,” Haselwood Library, Olympic College, Bremerton, WA

 

“Helen Norris Art Show,” Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA

 

“Relationships,” Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard, WA

 

Summer Art Festival, Peninsula Art League, Gig Harbor, WA

1998

Peninsula Art League Spring Show, Tacoma Community College, Gig Harbor, WA

1997

“Apples,” Seabeck Art Gallery, Seabeck, WA

1996

Redwood Artists’ Association 38th Annual Spring Exhibition, Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, CA

1995

Redwood Artists’ Association 37th Annual Spring Exhibition, Eureka City Hall, Eureka, CA

 

Board of Director’s Show, Redwood Artists’ Association, Eureka, CA

 

Phantom Gallery Invitational, Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA

 

Phantom Gallery Opening Exhibition, Humboldt Arts Council, Eureka, CA

1994

“The Earth Without Detail,” Truchas Gallery, Eureka, CA

 

“Reflections: a Self-Portrait Exhibition,” Ink People Gallery, Eureka, CA

 

Unframed Still-Life Solo Show, Collins Law Offices, Urology & Associates, Headliners, Cloud & Associates, all in Eureka, CA

1993

Redwood Artists’ Association 35th Annual Spring Exhibition, Redwood Artists’ Association, Eureka, CA; Juried by Philip E. Linhares

 

“Memories,” Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, CA

 

Humboldt Arts Council 35th Annual Fall Exhibition, Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, CA; Juried by Frederick Spratt

1990

Spring Exhibition, College of the Redwoods Gallery, Eureka, CA

1976

Charcoal Portraits, Fresno State College, Fresno, CA



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