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A Portfolio of Landscapes, Portraits, and Nudes by David Quinlan

A painting of waves crashing on a beachEndlesss as a mighty ocean, oil on canvas

David Quilan is an oil painter born and raised in the UK and later based in New Zealand. The artist has a background in architecture, though his paintings are primarily focused around landscapes, portraiture, and nudes

A painting of three white rams in a meadowLast Years Wiltshire Rams, oil on canvas


David’s painting style has a gestural quality about it that suggests a carefree attitude and approach to painting -- knowing of the artist’s prior career in architecture, it’s easy to imagine these lush, soft landscape paintings as being a kind of escape from the rigid, mathematical draftsmanship required in the architectural field. And yet, a sense of precision certainly shines through in David’s portfolio -- his paintings of the human figure, for example, speak to a scientific understanding of the structures and physical elements that underpin the human form. 

A screen capture of David Quinlan's art portfolio


I enjoy the way the artist uses colour as well, particularly in his landscapes. In his ocean scenes, David creates contrast between the waves and rocky beaches with pale blues and dark, earth tones, lending a brisk, cool atmosphere to each canvas.

A portrait of a smiling womanMaggie, Conte pencil on tinted paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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