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Perhaps best understood as a set of way markers on a journey of personal development, the work of Christian Quin Newell braids his studies of mysticism, psychology and art’s long history into an arresting, otherworldly gestalt. In an echo of early 20th-century Pittura Metafisica (Metaphysical Painting), the artist – who is of mixed Jamaican and Italian heritage – presents us with imagined worlds in which enigmatic objects proliferate, Earthly principles of time and space do not quite obtain, and hybrid figures from what might be a mythic past, or an imagined future, struggle towards wisdom, or else lose themselves in a terminally fractured reality.

Born 1991 in Latisana, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Solo exhibitions

2024 Public Gallery, London, UK ( forthcoming )

2022 Siena, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2021 Earth altar, Public Gallery, London, UK

2021 Apotheosis, WT Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine

Group exhibitions

2023 Face to Face, Marlborough Gallery, London, UK

2023 Touchstones, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY, USA

2022 Fire Sermon, Curated by Adriana Blidaru, Public Gallery, London, UK

2022 The Kingfisher's Wing, Curated by Tom Morton, GRIMM Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2021 Likkle Tings, Curated by Curtis Talwst Santiago, New York Studio School, New York, NY, USA

2021 Fragments, ADZ Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

2021 The Thick Stream, CANADA, New York, NY, USA

2020 100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, USA

Selected residencies

2023 Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

2021 The Fores Project, London, UK

2021 WT Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine

Public collections

X Museum, Beijing, China

Recharge Foundation, New York, NY, USA

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