Soft Yet Detailed: Painting by David Quinlan
New Zealand artist David Quinlan specializes in realistic paintings of landscapes and figures. Using a soft yet detailed style of brushwork, David captures a variety of subjects with an ideal sense of colour and shape.
Whether he’s painting coastal scenes, landscapes or nude portraits, David’s brush marks are uniform and steady. The result is a softly textured look that lends the paintings a personal style and gestural quality, making them seem slightly more casual despite the intricate detailing that is featured in many of them. I really like the way David renders lighting, giving the objects and scenery in each of his paintings a realistic texture.
This style of soft but realistic painting reminds me of the work of Judith Elsasser or Brian Coombes. I quite like all the different subjects that David experiments with – the deep blue tones of his ocean paintings are especially inviting.