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George Quiney

George Quiney is an artist and educator working primarily in the field of print. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2013. He has since developed his practice by making work from his kitchen table, on location, and within his professional setting as a secondary school art teacher. He has exhibited regularly throughout this time, including a solo show at Oxford University’s Barn Gallery.

In his work he teases out and embellishes personal stories in order to interrogate his close relationships and deepest feelings.

A detail of a graphite drawing of a bearded man.

How do I imagine - and come to terms with - the life my partner led before he met me?

Are the stories we tell ourselves closer to reality than we care to hope? Or are they so fictional they are laughable? What do our assumptions, our fears and our hopes reveal to us? Why do certain scenes torment us? Does everyone ask these questions?


Across my practice I follow a compulsion to draw the scenes that rotate in my mind, a process which acts as a starting point for most bodies of work. I treat the images that I transfer from within me as a map of my feelings: a signal of how to proceed both artistically and personally. I make printed work, often alluding to how we capture memories and tell stories, be it in photographic film or animation. I use memory to consider the function of relationships, in particular how we might come to terms with our own subjective experience and the unknowability of those who are close to us.

In my most recent body of work - You Before Me - I ask myself the questions above. I bring to life my concerns with sequential images that, although they come from my own subjectivity, could reasonably represent a more generalised set of issues. I process the images with digital engraving, wood, and fibrous paper, using the grain and weave of the materials to meld history, memory and fiction. The resulting tableaux cross time and perspectives, and invite the viewer to step into this creative and, at times, unsettling space.

Gallery installation shot of the eight panel woodblock print.
Extra-wide format narrative sequence, comprised of eight woodblock printed panels.
You Before Me - Woodcut print in eight panels on Okashi and Thai Grass paper, 90 x 360cm, variable edition of 6, 2023
Detail of woodcut print
Detail of two corners of a woodblock print
Detail of woodblock prints layered on top of each other.
Five panel etching, created to look like an enlarged 35mm roll of film.
You Before Me - Spit bite and sugar lift aquatint on Fabriano paper, 65 x 245cm, A/P, 2023
Detail of cut out sprockets in etchings
Detail of etching
Installation shot of five panel etching, clipped onto a wire from above
You Before Me (installed at Southwark Park Gallery)
You Before Me (wedding scene) - stop motion animation, 21 seconds, 2022
You Before Me (engagement scene 2) - stop motion animation, 14 seconds, 2022
You Before Me (engagement scene 1) - stop motion animation, 12 seconds, 2022

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A pair of images, which verge on abstraction, in orange and blue.
You Before Me (dinner/phone) - three colour lithograph on Somerset paper, 50 x 70cm, edition of 4, 2022
A phone held by a hand, which displays a sexual act.
You Before Me (phone) - spit bite and sugar lift aquatint on Fabriano paper, 70 x 50cm, A/P, 2022
Interior of hand made book
You Before Me (book of drawings) - 'perfect bound' selection of graphite drawings, 30 x 42cm, 2022
A hand-made book held up showing the front cover.
The dessert section of the book.
An opened out book of Italian recipes, with paper in a range of colours.
Dinner at Chirchiaro - screenprinted and hand-sewn concertina book, 10 x 15cm (closed), 15 x 90cm (open), edition of 4, 2023

This publication of Sicilian recipes hints at the themes my work might investigate once my current body of work - You Before Me - draws to a close. The book commemorates a moment of togetherness and collaboration, shared over a beautiful evening meal. It was born from a real - not imagined - space, and looks to the future of the developing relationships that are bound within it.