Quint Contemporary Art (QCA) was founded by gallery owner, Mark Quint in 1981. QCA has presented over 250 exhibitions during the galleries 32 years of business and has built and inhabited 10 gallery spaces in San Diego, California including locations in Mission Hills, Miramar, Downtown and La Jolla always with a reputation of exhibiting world class contemporary artwork. In 1990, Quint began a residency program with San Diego collector Michael Krichman, creating Quint-Krichman Projects, which sponsored visual artists from around the globe to visit, work and exhibit in multiple studio spaces; the program closed in 1993. This collaboration was instrumental in the creation of inSite, San Diego and Tijuana’s international art biennial. In 2011 the gallery relocated to a building at 7547 Girard Ave. La Jolla. The 3,000 square-foot interior exhibition space was renovated with the help of international artists Robert Irwin and Roy McMakin. The gallery façade features a sculpture installation by San Diego-based artist Roman de Salvo.
The gallery exhibits contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists. The exciting exhibition schedule has kept QCA on the cutting edge of contemporary art in Southern California, bringing artists from all over the world to San Diego. In recent exhibitions QCA has covered the newest works by seminal California Light & Space artists, the poetic and nationalistic artworks of artists from Iceland and emerging young artists on the national art scene. Past exhibitions by well-known artists Mel Bochner, Julian Opie, Roman Opalka, Sol Lewitt, Liza Lou, Robert Irwin, Ryan McGinness and many more have raised the bar for contemporary art exhibited in San Diego.
“It is fair to say that no one has done more than Mark Quint to develop the art scene in San Diego over the past 25 years. It has been an inspiration to follow him and the exhibition program he has consistently presented in gallery spaces all over the city for so many years. The through line has been his impeccable eye, uncompromising intelligence and a fierce loyalty to his artists and his friends. His persistence for the sake of art has vastly improved the cultural climate of our city.” – Hugh Davies, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
The gallery has always proudly exhibited the work of “traditional painters” and continues to represent the work of Kelsey Brookes, Manny Farber, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Ryan McGinness and John Millei. QCA is also known for working with conceptual and object based artists including Adam Belt, Roman de Salvo, Thomas Glassford, Roy McMakin, Johannes Girardoni and Lee Materazzi. Well-established artist’s Peter Alexander, Mel Bochner and Robert Irwin round out the gallery’s artists.
QCA works tirelessly with curators, collectors and art advisors to help facilitate the placement of art in private, corporate, public and museum collections. QCA recently launched an online store that presents multiples, catalogs and artist’s projects. QCA can also be found in tailored exhibitions at numerous art fairs from Los Angeles to Miami.