Quincy Q+A

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I've known Quincy for quite some time and I first met him at a First Friday while visiting his studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts.  Quincy is amazingly approachable and really enjoys getting to know people and sharing the background of his work.  Since I first met Quincy I've always wanted to have one of his works in my art collection and kept going back to his studio almost every First Friday looking for just the right piece. I finally found it and recently wrote about the commission Quincy did for my home earlier this year.  I've had an opportunity to get to know Quincy over the years and I wanted others to know him as well. So, meet Quincy...

What is your background and how did you get started as an artist?

Quincy: I grew up splitting my time between Rushville and Metamora, both in Eastern Indiana. Our house was in a woods surrounded by farmland in Rush County and my parents purchased and renovated a house in Metamora into a bed and breakfast. Metamora back then was great for a kid interested in art. There were so many creative and intellectual people to talk with and be inspired by. Everyone was always making something. I really got started as an artist in both of these places. I was always making contraptions in the woods at my parents house. My parents would make woodcut items along with other things to sell at their bed and breakfast so I would go to my dad's barbershop and cut out all sorts of things out of wood when he didn't have customers. I've been creating a lot of new work with wood lately which reminds me of my father. I always look back at my childhood with a huge sense of gratitude toward all of the people who helped raise me up and all of the experiences I had. 

What are you most proud of as an artist? Is there a specific accomplishment, exhibition or work that comes to mind?

Quincy: There are a few things that come to mind. First, receiving a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship this year that enables me to go back to eastern Europe for an extended stay. Second, Luke Crawley and I won a Kinetic Sculpture Design Award made possible through the TheDavinci Pursuit, an Indianapolis organization that helps create connections with art and science in public spaces.  The award will enable us to create a public sculpture in the southeast quadrant of downtown Indy. And finally, Luke and I were also invited to create an installation piece for ArtPrize 2013 in Grand Rapids and we are working on 31 large-scale outdoor sculpturesfor the installation. The scope of the piece is like nothing I've ever planned and created until now so we really can't wait to load them on a truck and put them right by the giant Alexander Calder sculpture on the plaza!

When you are working on a new piece how do you get started? What are some of your sources of inspiration?

Quincy: Self admittedly, I am a much better doer than I am a thinker so I usually just start. Of course I am constantly thinking, planning and sketching out ideas but I prefer to just get into the studio and start working with materials and let them lead me in a direction. At the same time driving down the road can be automatic inspiration. I had to deliver some work to a gallery in Cincinnati last week and the drive was just breathtaking to me and I couldn't wait to get back in the studio.

If someone is really interested in work by an artist what are your recommendations for having a conversation about price?

Quincy: I think it is fair to say that every conversation with an artist will result in a diversity of answers. I personally try to keep my pricing on paintings standardized by size. Art can be really complex for the artist and the viewer so I try not to make money an awkward situation. Most of my work is very autobiographical and personal so it is just best for me to put a consistent price on my work.

I do think that artists need to earn a living but that is their responsibility. I can't speak for all artists but I think a majority of us are realistic and practical. On the other hand a woman came up to one time and offered two chinchillas as partial payment for a painting and I gladly obliged! You never know what you have that someone else might want. The main thing I believe to be important isn't discussing price at all but getting to know the artist. But... that's because I like getting to know people.

Where can people see your work?

Quincy: Currently, my work is in a number of locations since I've been working with so many different materials. Below are several places where you can see my work:

   ·At my studio in the lower level of the Harrison Center for the Arts and during First Fridays
   · Tim Faulkner Gallery in Louisville
   ·ADC Fine Art in Louisville
   ·I currently have a solo exhibition at LaLa Gallery in Lafayette up through July 13
   ·My wood coasters are for sale at Foundry Provisions
   ·Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids will soon be showing my work

What is the preferred way to contact you if someone is interested in your work?

   ·Visit my studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts
   ·Check out my website, or find me on  Facebook
   ·Email me at quincyowens@gmail.com
   ·Call or text me at 317-652-6730

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