Maria Quintin

A Bristol-based artist and printmaker. Inspired by nature, her works look to explore the beauty of
nature's design and convey its complexity in an accessible and creative platform.

Recent & Upcoming Events

West Bristol Arts Trail

West Bristol Arts Trail

16th and 17th October

11:00am – 5:00pm

Come along and have a wander around your local area and see some awesome local artists and makers. It’s all outdoors with lots of precautions in place at each stall to help people feel as safe as possible during the pandemic, especially just after lockdown. 

For more details, updates and a map of the stalls, click here.

Science of Religion Exhibition

Science of Religion Exhibition

30th Sept – 2nd Oct

As part of this year’s harvest festival, I will be holding an art exhibition that explores the evolution theory and the Christian creation story through art and will present them side by side to consider the similarities and differences between the two. This should be an interesting visual experience for anyone interested in science, religion or both.

Exhibiting at Downend Baptist Church, 4 Salisbury Road, Bristol, BS16 5RA

Open 30th September – 1st October

2pm – 5pm

Open 2nd October

10am – 12am and 2pm – 5pm

BSpoke16 Arts Trail


Shop Local and Support Your Local Makers!

I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to any of the BSpoke16 Arts, Makers and Designers Trails so far. All of your support has made the world of difference to your local artists and makers who have been struggling to trade during the COVID restrictions.

These events have been such a success we’re running a Christmas market on the 4th-5th December! I have a whole bunch of new goodies ready for your Christmas stockings!

Come along and have a wander around your local area and see some awesome local artists and makers. It’s all outdoors with lots of precautions in place at each stall to help people feel as safe as possible during the pandemic, especially just after lockdown. 

Hope to see you there!

As Seen on TV!!

How to Spend it Well at Christmas with Philip Schofield TV television tele product

How to Spend it Well at Christmas 

With Philip Schofield
8:15pm every Tuesday from 17th November

My products were chosen to be included as part of the set of ITV’s How to Spend it Well at Christmas with Philip Schofield! This is a three-part series reviewing the best products available this Christmas and advises on how to spend festive funds in the best possible way.

The episode dates are as follows:
Tuesday 17th November – Toys
Tuesday 24th November – Gifts and Gadgets
Tuesday 1st December –
Food and Drink

It’ll air from 20:15 each week and each episode is an hour long. Tune in and see if you can spot any of my products!

The Everyday Magazine

Microscopic Image of a Fly Series One

Online Article

Talking To: Maria Quintin

I recently did an interview with the lovely Jess all about my work and my art practice. If you ever want to find out any more about my work, this is a great way to get a bit of behind the scenes.

This article includes my background in art and how I came into printmaking, my current practice, the setting up of my home print studio with some current images, futures plans and more!

To read the interview, click here.

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 here.

Exhibition at the Scrapstore

Art From Scrap

September 28th – 29th

As part of the St Werburghs Arts Trail, the Scrapstore are holding an art exhibition. All the works will be made from scrap materials, all of my exhibiting pieces are made from materials from the Scrapstore itself. This exhibition is to promote the re-use of waste materials from businesses in local artworks and to showcase artists who have the environment and low-waste materials in mind.

They’re running a Community Reuse Festival alongside this with talks, stalls and activities alongside the show, so it’s well worth a visit!

Saturday and Sunday
11am – 4pm

Scholar Exhibition

UWE/Spike Print Studios Exhibition

Scholar Exhibition

15th – 26th July
Monday – Friday
10am – 5pm

After winning the UWE/Spike print scholarship, me and five other artists have been busy printing for the past year. This exhibition will showcase the progress we’ve made, including my ‘This is a Print’ ‘This is not a Print’ work, as well as textile printing, experimental letterpress embossing and non-toxic print exploration. This proves to be one of my most interesting print exhibitions so far!! Perfect for print nerds and the curious alike.

Opening night is 18th July from 6pm – 8pm. Please come along if you’d like to meet the artists!

Sketch for Survival

The Royal Geographical Society, London

22 September – 25 November 2018

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 during their tour.

Last year, 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.

Pop-up Gallery and Shop

Quint's Prints Shop

Bristol Galleries

20th Aug – 16th Sept

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.

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

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 whilst supporting a wonderful charity!

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 – 5pm
Mon 11th to Wed 13th: 10am – 8pm

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

New York Sketchbook Library

Blue - Print in 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!)

For more information about the project and how it works click here.

My work is called Blue which – due to its construction method – is not on their digital system, so if you wish to take it out you’ll have to do it in person.

ACE Project 2018

ACE Project Exhibition

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 here. All ages welcome!

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

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.

Scientific Discovery

Prints in Clifton Workshop Window

Exhibition and Sale

7th July – 27th August


Clifton workshop has opened its 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!

10am – 5:30pm

ACE Project

ACE Project Exhibition


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
10am – 6pm

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. 


7th April – 4th May

Arnolfini, Bristol 

What a Load of Pollocks Presents:

Confluence – A collaborative exhibition of Arnolfini Artists in Residence:
Tom Read
Dave Dukes
Ebony Rose
Maria Quintin
Nina Bunyard
Sol Whiteside
Bianca Foster and
Rebecca Hooper

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!

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.

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.

For more information, click here.

Current Work


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.

Open House Event

3rd September 2016

1pm – 8pm

On Saturday 3rd September, hosted an Open House Event in Clifton. This was my first solo exhibition and the first time I’ve organised it all myself.

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. To see more, click here.

So if you’re interested and would like to see more, please check it 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. It 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.

Free Thinking Exhibition


9th – 11th 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!

For the Facebook event page, click here.

For more information, or to see a full programme of the workshops and talks going on during the exhibition, click here.

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 Arnolfini. If you are in Bristol in the next three weeks, it would be well worth a visit. Some of the work is really interesting conceptually.


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

Microscopic Image of a Fly Series One

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 exists. 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