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Three-Dimensional Space: Art by David Quinlan

An aerial painting of a New Zealand landscapeLost in the forgotten world, oil on canvas

David Quinlan is a painter based in New Zealand. Working primarily in oil paint, David has built up an artistic practice informed by his background in architecture. The artist paints in a colourful and detailed style, paying special attention to three-dimensional space.

A painting of a cafe sceneUntitled


I really appreciate the way David builds up volumes in his artworks. In his figurative works, slightly blocky planes of color, just a bit more defined than they would be in real life, make up images ranging from simple, focused landscapes to still life paintings that feature a range of objects and textures. As we saw in our previous feature of David works, the artist paints with a soft, yet detailed hand, paying attention to key moments in each image while leaving space for visual softness and ambiguity.

The front page of David Quinlan's art


David’s portraits showcase a different facet of the artist’s practice – in these works, David takes a rather illustrative approach, utilizing drawing techniques like crosshatching to render the volumes and expressions of faces.

A portrait of a woman in glassesMaggie, conte on tinted paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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