Custom House Studios and Gallery

The Custom House Studios

The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

T +353 (0)98 28735

Custom House Studios are pleased to present   ‘Ann Quinn Paintings’ opening Thursday August 1st at 7.00pm. Exhibition runs every day until August 25th 2019.


“Every piece of work I have made is based on a specific place I have spent time in.  My paintings are

about places, but in fact I am going for the atmosphere. I use places in order to instill an atmosphere, it

is the main element I go for.


The first real artist residency that I experienced was the farmhouse in Donegal where I grew up. That residency for me is eternal because it includes the atmospheres of my parents and my brothers and sisters, combined with the mythical, stunning landscape that surrounded the farm.


While growing up on my parent’s farm, I sometimes used to take out the huge family bible from underneath their bed and make drawings from the paintings by Rembrandt, Bosch, Caravaggio, Delacroix, and other painters. This was my only exposure to art and it made a lasting impression on me, similarly perhaps to the lasting impression that a strong childhood dreaming vision would have on the dreamer for many years to come.


As a child I had a vivid dream in which I was walking down the fields that surround the farm of my parents, climbed over a ditch and suddenly there was a red sun soaked in a massive ocean that I never knew was there before. I was full of both fear and awe, and could hardly look at it. I remember thinking in the dream “Wait till I tell the others about this ocean that no one knew about”. When I woke up I was disappointed to realise the ocean did not exist, only those same green fields.


The vision of the dream felt so real it stayed with me into adulthood, and through my life as a painter I try to recreate such sense of wonder in my work.”


Ann Quinn Born in Donegal in 1978, Ann Quinn received a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art & Design in 2000.


Recent solo shows include Taylor Galleries (2018, 2016, 2013), DockArts Centre (2013), and Ashford Gallery (2009). Group shows include the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition every year since 2004, Claremorris Open (2015), Galway Arts Centre (2010), Pallas Contemporary Projects (2019, 2017, 2016, 2010, 2009).


Some of the awards she received are the Thomas Dammann Travel Award (2019, 2017, 2015), the Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland (2016), the K & M Evans Award (2012), the Hennessey Craig Scholarship (2009), a Visual Artists Bursary from the Arts Council (2009).


She has undertaken artist residencies including Andøy, Vesterålen, (Norway) organised by Donegal County Council Cultural Services and Vesteralen Cultural Council in 2018; the Ragdale Foundation (USA) in 2016 ; VCCA (USA) in 2014 ; Centre d' Art I Natura (Spain) in 2015 & 2010; the Fundacion Valpairoso (Spain) in 2015 & 2008.

Residencies in Ireland include the RHA (2009), Heinrich Boll Cottage (2010), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2008), Glenveagh National Park (2007), the Cill Rialaig Project (2004 - 2014).


Her work is in the collection of the Irish State, the National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland, Axa Insurance, Health Service Executive, Wesley College, Donegal County Council.