Maria Quintin


A Bristol-based artist and printmaker. She uses simple cellular forms as a way to investigate larger questions of identity, spirituality and what it means to be human.


Find out more about the artist here




Recent / Upcoming Events


Shop Front

Bristol Galleries

20th Aug - 2nd Sept

10am - 7pm every day
11am - 5pm Sundays

I have a shop for two weeks in partnership with UWE to test trade selling my work in a commercial setting. All the work I have created so far will be on display and available for purchase, so come down and have a look through the eclectic mix of my work's history and development.

Prices start at £5 for original work!

There will be a quiz to have a go at (and entertain the kids for a bit!!) which, if you answer correctly, will automatically enter you in to win a pack of my trademark greetings cards! Different quizzes for different ages, so come along and have a go!

ACE Project Art Auction

Tonight 5pm

All Profits Donated Directly to the Za Foundation


The ACE Project is running an art exhibition and auction to raise money for the Za Foundation. Local artists have made work in response to artworks created by some of the children the foundation helps. These have been exhibited side by side with a silent auction running all week.

Tonight we will be running a live auction straight after the UWE degree show. We've hired a central venue so anyone going to see that can easily pop in afterwards. 

This is a really great cause, so come along and grab a lovely new piece of artwork made by local artists whist supporting a wonderful charity!

Find out more about the project and how you can support it on the JustGiving page here.

UWE Degree Show

5th Floor Arnolfini

10am - 8pm


Come along to the UWE Degree show at the Arnolfini to see some of my larger work that is otherwise rarely exhibited. You can also see in person the print that is currently being archived in the New York Sketchbook Library.

The exhibition is open:
Sat 9th and Sun 10th 10am to 5pm Mon 11th -Wed 13th 10am - 8pm

This year's show is of a fantastically high quality and well worth a visit if you are in Bristol.

More details here.

See all the artist's work here.

New York Sketchbook Library

New York

Available for loan


I have submitted some work into the New York Sketchbook Library, which is a collection of artists sketchbooks from around the world that are available for loan just like a normal library!

It's a fantastic project, and if you're in New York, I would highly recommend you check it out (pun intended!).


More information about the project and how it works here.

My work is called Blue which you can search for on their digital system if you wish to take it out.

ACE Project 2018

Art Exhibition and Auction

Raising Money for the Za Foundation


The ACE Project is running an art exhibition and auction to raise money for the Za Foundation. Local artists will make work in response to artworks created by some of the children the foundation helps. These will be exhibited side by side and then sold. On the last day there will be an art auction. 

The auction night is running straight after the UWE degree show. We've hired a central venue so anyone going to see that can easily pop in afterwards. 

During the day there will be workshops running where you can try something new and learn a new skill. More information about those hereAll ages welcome!

This is a really great cause, so come along and grab a lovely new piece of artwork made by local artists whist supporting a wonderful charity!

Find out more about the project on the JustGiving page here.

Visualising 2030


3rd - 8th May


Visualising 2030 is a collection of artist's responses to the governments new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

I have two pieces in this show. Looking at the climate action and clean energy goals, the charcoal in ‘Choking’ symbolises the soot and dirt we are polluting the air with alongside the invisible toxic particles, while ‘Escape’ provides an image of what the environmental changes in legislation and conservative measures can achieve by 2030.

Check it out if you get the chance. There are some really interesting responses!

Analysis of 'X'

19th-23rd January 2018

12-5pm Everyday


A piece of my work was selected for an exhibition at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol. 'Analysis of 'X'' is an exhibition of drawing and print curated by Jan-Phillip Fruehsorge of The Drawing Hub in Berlin.

The work has been selected from an open submission competition and specially selected work from the University of the West of England's Drawing and Print BA. 

If you get the chance to pop down this weekend, it's well worth the trip. There is a stunning selection of works on display, a lot of talent.

Centerspace Gallery
6 Leonard Lane

(Access from Corn Street and St Stephen's Lane)

Exhibition Extended

Due to popular Demand

Until 27th August


Due to popular demand, Clifton workshop has asked me to continue to display and sell my work. I will be continuing my exhibition for another month, so come down and take a look if you haven't managed to already!

10am - 5:30pm

Clifton Workshop,
Hotwells Roundabout,
BS1 5UW 

Scientific Discovery

Exhibition and Sale

7th - 24th July


Clifton workshop has opened it's doors to visiting artists to display and sell their work. I will be sharing a range of prints around my current themes of scientific discovery and microscopy, but also some older illustrative work.

Come along if you get the chance!

7th - 24th July
10am - 5:30pm

Clifton Workshop,
Hotwells Roundabout,
BS1 5UW 

Sketch For Survival

The Royal Geographical Society, London

Thursday 12th October 2017

Explorers Against Extinction have asked wildlife artists, explorers, adventurers and celebrities create a 'Sketch for Survival' to raise funds to combat wildlife crime and help protect endangered species. All these sketches, drawings, cartoons, doodles and paintings will be available for purchase via online bidding and on the night.

 I created an aquatint etching of a microscopic image of ivory as one of the main focuses of the charities is to fight against ivory dealerships and to help protect rhinos and elephants.

For more information, see there website:

If you get the chance, it is a worthwhile cause to get involved with. It is not too late to donate a sketch or alternatively, you can enter the online auction or buy tickets to the event via their website to show your support.

ACE Project


Raising money for Charity

The theme of the exhibition is to inspire and gather the creativity of children. Artists were asked to come up with a response to pieces of work created by children from international marginalized communities. These responses are being sold in order to raise money for various charities. 

I created a five colour screen print in response to a child's multi-coloured drawing of a toilet. Would go great in any bathroom!

5th floor Arnolfini
12th-17th June

If you get the chance, it is well worth checking out. It's a way of getting some great artwork at a really great price as well as supporting a worthwhile cause.

For event photos and more information, click here.

Opening Night


6th April, Arnolfini, Bristol


Opening night was a huge success with drinks and some great home-baked snacks. There was a great turn-out, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I would like to thank everyone who took part and for all the support we've had in producing the exhibition.

There is a selection of fantastic works by up and coming artists. If you get the chance, come along and check it out!


7th April - 4th May

Arnolfini, Bristol


What a Load of Pollocks Presents:

Confluence - A collaborative exhibition of Arnolfini Artists in Residence including:

Tom Read
Dave Dukes
Ebony Rose
Maria Quintin
Nina Bunyard
Sol Whiteside
Bianca Foster and 
Rebecca Hooper

Come along and enjoy a selection of great artworks by up and coming Bristolian artists.

Exhibit A


123 Space

Stokes Croft, Bristol


On the 11th March 2016, 123 Space was host to an amazing cultural event. For one night only, this space was full of music and art, with a gallery space curated by the wonderful CJ Godbold. 


Three on my monotype screen prints were featured as part of the exhibition next to some amazing up and coming artists. It was a wonderful event, and was all free!

For more photos, check out my FaceBook page here.

Current Work

Communication. Synapses. Acrylic on reclaimed Canvas.


Acrylic on Reclaimed Canvas


This whole set of works has currently led up to this diptych. It is an exploration into cell communication as the most basic form of our identity. A social commentary on discrimination and that - regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation - we are all made up of the same basic elements. Regardless of the language we use, we all communicate using this same method; using synapses to communicate with the brain. This artwork is about removing stereotypes and the boundaries that we as a society create between ourselves.


 To see more from the project, check out my Facebook page, Instagram, or click here.

Memory of Space - Space of Memory


November 25 - 30
Open daily: 12 - 6pm

Curated by Jan-Phillip Fruhsorge, an international curator based in Berlin, Students and alumni have produced work in a range of media, and with a range of responses to the provocation. Some theoretically, some emotionally and some literally.


My disappearing book has been chosen to be part of this exhibition. It plays on the idea of remembering and calls the viewer to be a part of the piece. Check it out if you get the chance, there's some really great work on show.


More info at:

Exhibition Review at:

Exploring Cell Communication

Microscopic Imagery


Building off my interest in microscopic imagery and scientific study, I have begun to push this into a much more personal aspect. I have begun to look at cells and the way that they communicate within the body whilst trying to incorporate colour and texture experimentation in my work. 


I have also begun to experiment more with printmaking, combining different print medias and pushing boundaries within and between them.


If you want to follow my works development, you can do so on my Facebook page at: or on my Instagram @quintsprints.


I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did creating them.


One Drawing a Day for a Month


This year I have decided to participate in Inktober. This is an annual event where artists use ink to draw a sketch a day during the month of October. 


I have posted a sketch a day on my Facebook page and my Twitter feed. You can find them here:


Check them out!


Printmaking Today

Issue 99


I have an article printed in Printmaking Today's Autumn edition. Page Fifteen - Shadows and Highlights. I am featuring alongside Hannamari Jalovaara, an MMA student studying in Canada.


I was lucky enough to win their 'State of the Art' Prize for students. I features two images from my 'Microscopic Image of a Fly Series One' as well as an article explaining the thoughts and inspiration behind the project, as well as some information on the techniques and processes that went into the work. 


It is a really interesting magazine for anyone interested in print or printmaking, so I would recommend picking up a copy if you are able.

Open House Event

A Thank You


I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the event and made this a really lovely day. I hope you all enjoyed the work and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. 


There are photographs of the whole event on my Facebook page at:

So if you're interested and would like to see more, please check it out!

Open House Event - Bristol

Open House Even Poster

Open House Event - 3rd Sept, 1pm-8pm

3rd September 2016



On Saturday 3rd September, I will be hosting an Open House Event in Clifton. Everyone is welcome of all ages and it's free admission. This will be my first solo exhibition and first time I've organised it all myself, so wish me luck!

If you're around for the Massive Attack concert, then come along afterwards, it's just across the road! Or if you're in the general Clifton area, please drop in.

                    Details:                              Address:
                    3rd September                  48 Upper Belgrave Road
                    1pm - 8pm                        Clifton
                                                              BS8 2XP

Sketchbook Sunday

The WIPs and Ideas


I have recently decided to share some of my sketchbook pages on my Facebook page. Any artist knows that the sketchbook is a very personal and individual thing. It is precious, and contains one's innermost thoughts, ideas and explorations, and is therefore very hard to share. 


Viewing other artist's sketchbooks also happens to be something I have always enjoyed experiencing and gained great inspiration from, and so I have decided it is time to share my own.


I am posting a new page every Sunday, so check them out at:

Sketchbook Sunday - Beetle in black pencil

Free Thinking Ehibition

Free Thinking Exhibition: 8th-11th July 2016


July 2016


Exhibiting the Microscopic Image of a Fly Series One with the Cass Art Student Ambassadors. It's a great event with workshops and talks running all weekend. So if you're in London anywhere near Liverpool Street or the Spritalfields area, make sure to go and check it out!


Here's a link to the Facebook Event Page:

And here's a link to all the workshops and talks going on during the exhibition:

Melancholia Exhibition

Curated by Joannes Kesenne

 Bristol 2016


Exhibiting my charcoal drawing 'Escape' in the Melancholia exhibition at the Christmas steps venue.


This is an exploration into the idea of melancholy 'the English disease' and the effect and reason behind this phenomenon. Split between three venues - the Christmas steps Gallery, the Colston Hall and the 4th Floor of the Arnolifini. If you are in Bristol in the nest three weeks, it would be well worth a visit. Some of the work is really interesting conceptually.

Melancholia Exhibition - 19th-30th May 2016

Microscopic Image of a Fly Series One 

Microscopic Image Of a Fly Six

As Exhibited in London


Recently exhibited in London, these works explore the idea of human discovery.


It is estimated that there are 950,000 species of insect in the world, yet we only know of a fraction that actually exist. With over 10,000 new species of plants and animals being discovered every year, there are many species that we still do not know about and many areas of the world left unexplored.


This project takes a closer look at an everyday animal in a way that most people would not think of. Take a moment to stop and consider the beauty and intricacy of its creation.


See more here or on my Instagram @quintsprints


Charcoal and Fineliner 

A charcoal and fine-liner piece created for an exhibition exploring the idea of Melancholy - the English Disease, and the roots behind the illness of melancholia and the exploration of this as a concept. This piece was created as an experimental piece to explore a new style and process, and combines images from various old postcards and a few added extras to create a new fantasy landscape.


This piece was created in order to explore the concepts of emptiness and loneliness being a refuge, and the allure of melancholia as a peaceful – if unhealthy – state of mind for people who struggle with the busyness of the everyday. An escape.


“Melancholy is as seductive as Ecstasy”
                                 Mason Cooley, Aphorist, 1971-2002