Ged Quinn (b 1963) is a British artist and musician. He is celebrated for his densely layered paintings that transform art historical genre painting into contemporary experience, painted in meticulous detail and executed with extraordinary technical skill. Pastoral landscape and domestic still life are transformed from the familiar to the fantastic. Multiple histories, narratives and mythological emblems collide. The interplay of elements drawn from Western cultural history, mythology, philosophy and the imagination create an engagement with the viewer that challenges and plays with preconceived notions of beauty and art.
Ged Quinn was the second participant of the Tate St Ives Artists’ Residency Programme based in Studio 5, and his show at Tate St Ives in 2004, ‘Utopia Dystopia’, presented a selection of work made during his residency.