About Jess Quinn

I am an artist and mother. I studied painting at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in the late 90s with a first class degree. I became a parent very soon after, there is no easy way to combine painting and parenting, so over the past twelve years I have pursued any kind of creative activity that I could squeeze around kids, cooking and housework. I have learnt so much through this process, embracing many crafts that I had rejected as a painting student in my studio on top of the hill. Sewing, knitting, embroidery, doll making are all a part of my work now alongside painting and sculpture. I combine many elements in my work, I like juggling colour and comic characters with hints of darker goings on, A world full of false promises, sadness, cruelty and disappointment with pockets of wild joy, love and beauty.

Painted linen and calico dolls


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The shadow dolls above came into being when the sunlight cast shadows from a vase of flowers across my work table, I simply traced the shadows straight onto the doll.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The pony above is a simple shape taken from my sketchbook, I wanted to mix a primitive folk painting feel with a pinch of my little pony kitsch.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The dolls above and below have simple faces inspired by ancient primitive cave paintings, I was also influenced by the graphic shapes, colours and characters found in the paintings of Joan Miro and Paul Klee.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA