Peter Quinn


Peter Quinn is an artist who seeks subject matter both in the everyday of his own locality and in more far-flung locations. He is well known for brightly coloured watercolours of interesting buildings, boats and street scenes.

“I'm intrigued by the possibilities of experimenting with unconventional painting techniques. I am usually drawn to out-of the way places such as the fringes of cities or the edges of marketplaces preferring them to the more-obviously picturesque spots. I like to incorporate the messy detail of modern life (signs, wires) and the erasures and accumulations of history. I have made trips to Italy, France and India in the last few years and I am a regular visitor to Malta.”

Peter graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1986, he now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he divides his time between painting and teaching Art History. Peter has a doctorate from the University of Sunderland, has written on the art of the North East of England and is the current Chair of the Bewick Society. Elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2007 he became a full member in 2011.