The drinkers//the suckers (reforming bad boys), 2019
Oil on canvas, 60" x 72"
making room for my daughters, 2019
Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
Angie Quick (b. 1989) is a self-taught painter and poet working in London, Ontario, who is known for her large oil paintings exploring flesh in a manner both historical and contemporary. Her practice experiments with the nature of language and sensation in visual and performative contexts. She is the recipient of multiple grants, including an emerging artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is also included in several private collections.
"The drinkers//the suckers (reforming bad boys) samples directly from Velazquez’s The Triumph of Bacchus (the Drinkers) as well as referencing / combining pornographic images from the internet. My painting examines ideas of masculinity and eroticism through a feminist gaze and culminates in a seeming execution (playing on the idea of ‘giving head’) — a reformation of old ideals."
"Making room for my daughters is a readdress of Ruben’s The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, reexamining that historic painting in a present-day context by inserting feminist tones and renegotiating that iconic narrative into a modern heroic endeavour to save (carry off) future generations. My work deflates the canonical meaning, turns its form to wreck, and asks new meaning from old myth."