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Join us on Thursday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center for a special artist reception featuring JJ Quinn. His exhibit of paintings, "Butt I Couldn't Resist," will be on display at the center from February 1 to March 25.
I create the work that I want to see in the world, and to evoke the mood of the people I enjoy being around when I’m at my most relaxed - fun, playful, sexy, a little bit unpredictable.
New York City has always inspired me for all the reasons it inspires so many others. But for me it’s about honoring the New York queer scene of the 80’s and paying homage to an entire community full of bravery, talent and artistry.
There was a brief moment in time when all of them were carefree and happy, before so many of them lost their lives to AIDS. It’s devastating to think about. The stories and teachings of an entire generation - lost with them. But it’s their optimism and joy that bridges my work into the present day and the excitement and energy that comes with living in a place like NYC. I know they must have felt that too.
Sexuality and identity is and has always been part of the the queer experience. My intention is to bring both pop and erotic art in an approachable way that makes people smile, but might also get them feeling a little frisky. I certainly feel a twinge of that when creating it.
I do like a little mystery, so I leave something for the viewer to imagine. Anyone should be able to write their own story of my paintings, and see their own fantasies, their own plans - or their own memories. I love when older generations love my work - and can visualize a piece of their own past in it.
Whether it makes people feel happy, optimistic, inspired, or frisky is totally up to them - my work is for everyone.
It’s not really my story. It’s yours.
JJ Quinn is a trans, queer pop artist who lives and works in Manhattan.
A midwestern transplant, he made the move to the city for all the reasons so many others do - to be immersed in the energy and opportunity only a place like NYC can offer.
An emerging artist in the scene - he’s known for his bold line-work, playful figures, and explosive color palette. His work explores what turns us on, what turns him on, bringing both pop and erotic art together in an approachable way.
Previous Exhibitions Include:
Fall 2021 - Rice Studios. “BK Queer Flea x Doable Guys - Open Wide”, Brooklyn, NY. Fall 2021 - “Barnwood: A Pop-Up Gay Erotic Art Show”, Hudson Valley, NY. Summer 2021 - “Barnwood: A Pop-Up Gay Erotic Art Show”, Hudson Valley, NY. Summer 2021 - Doable Guys “Through the Glory Hole”, NYC, NY.
For all things behind the scenes visit JJsPopShop.com and follow along on Instagram and TikTok: @jjquinnart
Fun fact: He measures how long his work takes by how many seasons of a show or movie he binges while creating it. (This new collection took 7.5 Harry Potter movies).
This will be a sober-social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Alcohol will not be present.
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
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