Quintessential Fine Art + Photography + Design Studio is located in Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula representing works of art by ceramic artist, sculptor and designer, Terri Alexander Quinn and her partner, acclaimed documentary photographer, Peter James Quinn.
Terri trained at the Nelson Art & Design School majoring in Ceramic Design from 1989 – 1991, before being selected to show her sculptures in “Off Centre” the 18-month-long touring exhibition marking the 1993 Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Her work has since been shown in dealer galleries around New Zealand and is held in private collections in Germany, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Terri is renowned for creating artwork for both indoor and outdoor spaces that has been inspired by the Polynesian influences of the South Pacific –in 2008 the couple took their young family to live for a year and experience life on the Pacific Island of Rarotonga. Terri also draws upon her experiences growing up on the South Island’s West Coast, where she was born, imbuing those surroundings into her art.
Peter’s photography has regularly appeared in national and international publications, books and exhibitions since graduating from the Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University) School of Design, in 1989. Throughout the 1990s Peter was a contract-photographer & writer for New Zealand Geographic magazine and was shortlisted in the 1999 Montana NZ Book Awards (Illustrative Arts category) for his work on the book title “Highway 35 –Travels around East Cape”. In 2002 he was a category winner in the Epson New Zealand Professional Photography Awards and in 2014 was awarded New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year and the prize of an expedition voyage to the Kermadec Islands. Peter’s photography is held in the permanent collection of Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand, and has been shown in touring exhibitions curated by Te Papa in national museums around the world including Tokyo, Holland and Mexico. In 2006, he was commissioned to install a permanent exhibition of his photographs documenting life along Auckland's Great South Road, which hangs in the Fisher & Paykel foyer of the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau City, Auckland. In 2012, PenguinRandomHouse published the book “Tuhoe - Portrait of a Nation” featuring Peter’s photography from a multi-year project working with the iwi in the lead up to their raupatu Treaty Settlement. A selection of Peter’s portraits of Ngai Tuhoe were then also included in the "Te Urewera Conversations” exhibition over the summer of 2013–2014 at Te Koputu A Te Whanga A Toi, Whakatane Exhibition Centre, in which Peter was supported by a Creative NZ grant.
Both Terri and Peter accept commissions to produce and create new work in ceramics, sculpture and photographic portraiture. They also exhibit existing artwork for sale on their website www.quintessential.co.nz and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QuintessentialArtsStudio/
Peter is also available to undertake a wide range of commercial photography, writing and design assignments and occasionally he holds workshops tutoring in his photographic practise. To see more of his work and contact him, please visit his website at http://www.peterjamesquinn.com or http://www.newzealandimages.co.nz
Quintessential Fine Art + Photography + Design Studio is open by appointment only. Please phone 021 2634018 or 07 868 5950 or email: email@example.com to arrange a visit. We look forward to hearing from you.