Nathaniel Mary Quinn - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian, Beverly Hills
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Beverly Hills, Gagosian, Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Hollow and Cut, September 11–October 19, 2019

  • Literature

    Adam Lehrer, "Soft Power: An Interview of Nathaniel Mary Quinn," Autre, September 12, 2019, online
    Alina Cohen, "Breakout Star Nathaniel Mary Quinn Channels His Demons into Expressive Paintings," Artsy, September 25, 2019, online (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Nathaniel Mary Quinn

    American • 1977

    Having grown up as the youngest of five boys on the South Side of Chicago, artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn creates work that centers on family and youth. In his paintings and drawings of collaged figures, Quinn slices visual elements sourced from advertisements, Google images and his own photo albums: he takes on art historical themes and imbues them with deeply intimate and personal emotion.

    Quinn was enamored with drawing from a young age. His brother Charles first noticed his talent and urged his mother to pay attention to it. In spite of his meteoric ascent as an artist, Quinn lost his mother while he was a student and, upon returning home to Chicago, discovered his family apartment had been deserted by his father and four brothers. As a result of loss and abandonment, the artist has said, “Grief was the constant background noise to whatever success I achieved.”

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How Come Not Me

signed, titled, inscribed and dated "Nathaniel M Quinn Love Mom Jesus 2019 "How Come Not Me" Baby-Cakes Studio, LLC © 2019" on the reverse
charcoal, gouache, soft pastel and oil pastel on Coventry vellum paper
16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm)
Executed in 2019.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $88,900

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2023