Based in Melbourne, Australia, Saxon Quinn's draws inspiration from his own state-of-mind and surroundings, whether that be personal hurdles or distractions, family, friends, the countryside or cityscapes. Inspired by his travels to New York City and other bustling metropolises, his explorations use distressed canvas as a literal elucidation of the experienced environment. He manipulates the surface, a nod to the weathering effect of pedestrian's footsteps over time, and creates urban narratives through his line-work, monolithic shapes and geometric marks.
Saxon Quinn’s paintings take inspiration from the sprawling asphalt streetscapes of cities like Melbourne and New York and the contrasting Australian countryside. Influenced by his travels and daily discoveries, his work incorporates stained and marked canvas as well as cement, creating a direct lineage between the experienced environment and the act of art-making.
Quinn’s work begins with the ritualistic process of preparing his surfaces. Large bolts of raw canvas are unrolled and draped from the studio ceiling. Quinn sprays these canvases with diluted paint and water, weathering the surface to a pavement-like patina. He then cuts the canvas to size and works directly on the wall, the resistance of which allows him to create marks that vary in line weight and density depending on the amount of pressure applied. In works made from concrete, the material is poured and left to cure overnight; the end result contains qualities formed by the unpredictability of the mixing process and the unique weather conditions at the time. Each of Quinn’s marks reacts to the next, placed freely and intuitively with a well-practiced hand. Glyphs articulated in delicate scratches of graphite suggest plants or pathways while boldly applied oil stick demarcates ovals and half moons. For Quinn, this meditative process of painting is a centering escape from scattered thoughts and activity; he states,“my works represent a balance - amongst the rough and sporadic, there's a sense of calm and balance.”
While the concrete and layered graffiti-like mark-making asserts the urban influence of Quinn’s new body of work, the nuances of his particular symbols and palette illuminates a personal narrative that ties the tactile experience of the world around us to memory and individual significance.
- Saxon QuinnMelbourne, AustraliaArtist Page