This time, we're in conversation with Saxon JJ Quinn. He artistry portrays grime, wear, and resilience, extracting beauty from objects we often choose to overlook. He merges styles and techniques to create works that urge us to pause, observe, and reflect.
In 2023, his pieces will be showen on internationally renowned platforms, including shows in New York, Los Angeles, Brisbane, Toronto, London, Copenhagen, Madrid, and Melbourne. Of particular note was his participation in the 'Future Primitive' project in New York, where his where his unique compositions combine elements of space and pop culture.
We'll be going behind the scenes of his creative process to better comprehend how his life journey and personal experiences are echoed in his artistry.
Tell us a little about yourself, your previous work and how your artistic career started.
My name is Saxon (Sax) and I'm a 36 year old self-taught artist with a background in Visual Design.
I grew up in country Victoria, Australia in a town called Allendale with a population of around 300 people (back then) I was surrounded by art and creativity since the day I was born. My mother - Dianne Coulter, also an artist, has had a large studio and gallery on the family property since he was born, My late father was a graphic designer and part-time artist.
I began to paint in 2017, after my return from living in NYC, my first few series of works were cement based paintings - taking a cue from the asphalt sprawl streetscapes of NYC and cities around the world. I love the way cement decays on walls, pavements and roads over time and wanted to harvest this rawness in my works.
Since then I have moved on to use heavy raw canvas for my works, whilst still destressing and scuffing the pieces to keep that true rawness. Currently my works reference my childhood, friends, family, influences and how materialistic objects can hold value when young and trying to fit in. Other than the face-value meaning of my marks and works, from the very beginning each and every piece has acted as a healing method (I know this has been said a million times) but for me I really do feel at peace when I paint, 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.