John Quigley

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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

"I am a self-taught artist who utilizes an experimental approach. I let the experience of creating guide me.  I often have no clear vision of how the finished piece will present itself.  I use mixed media techniques to bring together my love of photography, painting, and the thrill of finding new ways to use overlooked materials. 

I use my life experiences as inspiration for my work. Influences from my childhood in middle-class suburbia can be seen in much of my work, as the playful colors and characters often mask the deeper conflict.  I spent much of my adult life serving in the US ARMY with multiple combat deployments working with Special Operations.  After being honorably discharged, I transitioned to private military contracting where I performed security for government officials, high ranking military officers, and diplomats from around the world. Art was and is still my outlet for processing all of the events, experiences, and cultures I have seen.  Color, light, and texture intermingle within each of my pieces to create depth and tell a story.  

My work is designed to be a conversation starter, particularly for those topics that seem difficult to put into words."

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