Explore Powerful Figurative Works by KCAD Professor Emeritus Boyd Quinn in Retrospective Exhibition

Posted June 26, 2024 in Studio Arts, Faculty, Galleries, Painting

 A person admiring paintings in an art gallery.

A comprehensive retrospective exhibition spanning more than 30 years of powerful figurative works by esteemed artist and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Professor Emeritus Boyd Quinn is now on view in the KCAD Spark Gallery through July 13. 

Paintings by Boyd Quinn: 1990-2024 showcases Quinn's mastery of figurative painting, highlighting his ability to capture nuanced moods and personal narratives through carefully crafted brushstrokes and mixed media techniques. 

The exhibition features 28 paintings that demonstrate the artist's signature style, which combines oil washes, textural elements, and gestural marks to create depth and emotional resonance. 

A group of people viewing Boyd Quinn's paintings in the KCAD Spark Gallery.

Through his dedication to the craft, Quinn continues to captivate audiences with his evocative figurative paintings, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the complexities of human emotion. 

A highlight of the show is a portrait of Quinn painted by KCAD alumna Raime Lee ('20, BFA Illustration), who studied under the renowned professor. Lee's depiction captures the spirit and lasting impact Quinn has had on generations of students as both a painter and educator. 

“He provided some of the best insight and critical conversation about painting, while being the first to admit that he might not be right,” said Lee in a statement for the exhibition. “Although he laced his instruction with effortless humor and quippy anecdotes, he carried a heaviness that comes from witnessing life in its most honest and raw forms.” 

A portrait of an older man on display. "Welcome Home: A Portrait of Boyd Quinn" by KCAD alum Raime Lee ('20, BFA Illustration). 

Quinn holds an MFA from Eastern Michigan University and a BFA from Aquinas College. With over 30 years of teaching experience at KCAD, he has imparted knowledge and made long-term impacts in fine arts programming throughout the years.   

His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Muskegon Museum of Art and Grand Valley State University. Quinn's accolades include a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant and several Best of Show awards from esteemed institutions like the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center. 

Three individuals engaging in conversation at an art exhibition.Boyd Quinn (right) engaging with gallery visitors at the opening reception for "Paintings by Boyd Quinn: 1990-2024."

Paintings by Boyd Quinn: 1990-2024 runs through July 13 in the KCAD Spark Gallery located at 17 Fountain St. NW. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 7:00am–8:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am–6:00pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 

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