About The Artist

Maria Quintin is a Bristol based artist and print-maker. Having a keen interest in nature, she works to learn more about the complexity of its design and to share her findings through her art. She uses simple natural forms as a way to investigate larger questions of identity, spirituality and what it means to be human. Using shape, form and colour, she has been pushing materials and scale to experiment and contrast these themes, turning micro into macro as she invites the viewer to immerse themselves into a microscopic world.

More recently, she has taken a side-step into a new research project called ‘This is a print’ ‘This is not a print’. This body of work aims to once and for all define what a print is with no grey areas. These words have been systematically printed using each process defined as a ‘print method’, from pushing ink through a screen to drawing a monoprint, producing the words ‘This is a print’ or ‘This is not a print’ based off of whether or not the method fits the following definition:

‘A print is the process of transferring an image from one surface to another’.

This process has raised many questions. For example: if you reverse an image, like in intaglio printing, is it still the same image? If not, then most prints are not prints. If this is the case, then can a symmetrical image be a print when a non-symmetrical image is not, even if it uses the same method? The same process with the same plate can be reversed or not using different presses – as with lithography. Does this affect whether it is a print or not?

If we cannot define a ‘fine art’ or traditional print, where is the hope of defining the difference between these and digital print.

Recent Exhibitions:

The Science of Religion
Downend Baptist Church, Bristol
30th Sept – 2nd Oct  2021

Scrapstore Exhibition
Part of the St Werburghs Art Trail and Community Reuse Festival
Children’s Scrapstore, 21 Sevier Street, Bristol
28th – 29th Sept 2019

Scholar Exhibition
F-Block Gallery, Bristol
15th – 26th July 2019

Pop-up Gallery
The Galleries, 25 Union Gallery, Bristol
20th August – 16th September 2018

ACE Project 2018
The Island, Nelson Street, Bristol
4th – 10th June 2018

Visualising 2030
CREATE Centre,  Smeaton Road, Bristol
3rd – 8th May 2018

Analysis of ‘X’
Centerspace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol
19th – 23rd January 2018

Scientific Discovery
Clifton Workshop,
Hotwells Roundabout,
7th July – 27th August

Exhibit A
123 Space, Stokes Croft, Bristol
11th March 2017

Memory Of Space – Space Of Memory Exhibition
Centerspace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol
25th – 30th November 2016

Open House Event
48 Upper Belgrave road, Clifton, Bristol
3rd September 2016

Free Thinking and Blank Canvas Exhibition
Shop 13, Old Truman Brewery, London
8th July – 11th July 2016

Melancholia Exhibition
Christmas Steps, Bristol
19th May – 30th May 2016
Won a Special Mention Prize for charcoal drawing ‘Escape’