John Quigley


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John Quigley
About the author

Exhibitions and Experience ? Invitee to The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival-“Emerging Artist” April 2016 ? Volunteer Photographer for Helping a Hero Veterans Organization Ongoing ? Invitee to the Bayou City Arts Festival- “Rising Talent”- Houston March 2015 ? Invitee to the WASH 38th Annual International Exhibition March 2015 ? Official artist for the Commemorative Air Force B-17 Texas Raider 2014-Current ? Group Exhibition- The University of Phoenix- The Woodlands, TX Sept- Feb 2015 Professional Memberships ? Houston Center for Photography Houston, TX ? Visual Arts Alliance Houston, TX ? Woodlands Art League The Woodlands, TX Artist Statement Art has been the stabilizing force in my life. Like a mirror that reflects what I have seen and felt, art gives a voice to my experiences that are too difficult to address in any other way. The subjects of my work are often renderings of real people or places that actually exist, as unbelievable as they may seem. I value truth over all else. I choose to depict the conflicts within human nature and explore the idea of whether or not we are as different as we may think. I attempt to challenge traditional conceptions of religion, patriotism, and self, and I try to balance my cynical sense of humor with my deeply rooted appreciation of the human spirit. After 9/11 I joined the United States Army infantry and served several combat deployments with Special Operations. After 8 years of service with an honorable discharge, I began working as a PMC (Private Military Contractor) in the Middle East. I have found myself in countless situations that most people only watch movies about, giving me a unique perspective on life, religion, diversity, politics, and human nature. I am a self-taught artist. Digital photography is my primary focus, but I sometimes incorporate other media depending on message I am trying to share. It is my hope that my work will honor those who have given me the foundation on which I base my vision, as well as allow the masses to experience the things that are generally kept a secret within a world obscured by violence and religion.