Maurice Quillinan was born in Limerick and is a graduate of Limerick College of Art and Design, the Royal College of Art, London (Henry Moore Foundation Scholarship), L’Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris and the University of Limerick. He has taught in Dún Laoghaire College of Art, Limerick College of Art and Design, McMaster University, Toronto, (Artist in residence), the National College of Art and Design and the University of Limerick.
He currently lives in Limerick where he works full-time as a painter. He has exhibited in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia, the United States of America, Malta, Switzerland, Australia, China and Hong Kong. He is a University of Limerick board member of the Art Management Committee, the Bourn Vincent Gallery and a Trustee of the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland.
His work is held in private and public collections in thirty-three countries. His paintings are generally on a large scale and are presently concerned with studying the River Shannon around Limerick, a theme he has consistently returned to over many years. He is represented by SO Fine Art, Dublin.
‘The Boat Man’ is part of a collaborative project between Kent Holiday and the pianist Nick Ross. The project is based on the Golden ratio structures (possibly compiled from ancient sources by the Greek sculptor and architect, Phidias) of painting, sculpture and music. This is where a given surface or period of time is mathematically divided up to find the most harmonious points or moments. This piece is designed around Kent’s piano sonatas ‘Tzolkin’, which he composed especially for the project. Lily pads are placed according to the Golden moments within the music, some stronger others barely audible, but important nonetheless. The project has been shown and played in America and at the Galway City Museum.
This Golden Ratio project looks at the meditative and solitary environment which to him sums up this river.
‘We experience painting, music through previous experiences, adding with each viewing or listening, new emotions as well as revisiting and amending old ones.’