"I'm not one for creating new themes for my works, or having cute stories behind each individual painting.. I feel that I’d be selling myself and others short if I did. Like previous bodies of work, “Only one in the room” acts as my daily meditation. A way to battle my demons and calm the inner-thoughts. From sketching shapes in my notepad and pouring cement to forcefully making myself wait 48 hours whilst the cement sets all work as a calming ritual. Everything stops during these moments and nothing else matters…"
Saxon Quinn, Melbourne, 2021
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Only in the Room, Metro Gallery, Melbourne;
Family ties, Uprise, NYC
Reckless, Saint Cloche, Sydney
Calm Stumble, Modern Times
Balance, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Metro Summer, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Metro Salon, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
Talismans, Rafts, Mementos, Modern Times
Secret Garden, Saint Cloche, Sydney
Ritual Practice, Modern Times
Selected Works, Boom Gallery
Newest & Rising, Modern Times
Corporate and Private Collections in Australia and abroad.
Saxon Quinn is a self-taught artist with a background in Visual Design. Growing up in country Victoria, Saxon was surrounded by art and creativity. His mother - Dianne Coulter, also an artist, has had a large studio and gallery on the family property since he was born. Currently residing in Melbourne, Saxon’s work takes a cue from the asphalt sprawl streetscapes of cities around the world as well as the Australian countryside.
Inspired by his travels and daily discoveries, his explorations use the medium of stained and marked canvas as a literal elucidation of the experienced environment. A narrative of monolithic shapes, line work of differing rhythm, geometry, space and markings. Saxon has grown to love the process of distressing on surfaces that occurs over time; pavements worn by the pedestrian’s footsteps, weathering elements by nature or human error.
“Painting is my time to escape...In my otherwise cluttered and pinball-like mind, painting gives me the opportunity to stop, focus, relax and enjoy the process of creating. The more I paint, the more I feel that my works represent that balance. Amongst the rough and sporadic, there's a sense of calm and balance. I want to continue to harvest this and express it.”