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.
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.
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.