Graduating in 1981 as a visual arts major from Harvard University, Matt Brown worked as a builder and cabinet-maker until going full-time as a printmaker in 1995. Mostly self-taught, he makes color woodblock prints using the Japanese hanga method. This is printing with brushes and a hand-held baren from multiple hand-carved wood blocks using rice paste, pigments and water. It is non-toxic, low tech printmaking which follows the system used to make the ukiyo-e prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and others during the 18th and 19th centuries. A member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Boston Printmakers Society, he exhibits and sells primarily in galleries and other venues in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He teaches workshops each year at the Concord Art Association, Concord, MA; Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA; Jackson Design Studio, Jackson, NH; and his own shop in Lyme, NH. He writes: “I love the process of making these prints: the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors blend and juxtapose, the way the wood interacts with the paper.”
Patrick J. Quinn graduated from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University with divisional honors in sculpture. During his college experience, he experimented with sheet metal and welding in order to explore the hollow form. After graduation, Patrick worked alongside several artists welding both mild and stainless steel. Following a move to Vermont, blacksmithing caught his attention and Patrick found work with both independent blacksmiths and production shops. While working for others, Patrick was able to build his own studio where he could hone his forging skills and build sculpture. Although inspired by old world techniques Patrick, has succeeded in developing his own unique style that combines his interest in the hollow form with his skills in blacksmithing. He is very interested in creating works entirely from scratch and his finished products, whether sculptural or functional, are truly handmade. Patrick is inspired by the physical process of working with various metals. By spending time properly learning the craft, his skills as a metalworker shine through his sculptural and functional work. Patrick’s work embodies the true essence of being a skilled craftsman.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Arno Rafael Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland, and immigrated to the United States. He was educated at Wagner College in New York, earning a BA in English. He studied photography at the New School for Social Research under George Tice, at the School of Visual Arts under Ralph Hattersley and at the Rhode Island School of Design under Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan. Minkkinen received an MFA in photography from RISD. Minkkinen has taught photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Institute of Industrial Design in Helsinki and the Philadelphia College of Art. He has seven published monographs. Minkkinen writes: “Many of my photographs are difficult to make. Some can even be dangerous…We control how much pain we can tolerate; such information is unknowable by anyone else. Some of my pictures might look simple, but in reality they can test the limits of what a human body is capable of or willing to risk… I title them self-portraits, so the viewer knows who is in the picture and who took it.” Minkkinen’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, the Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography among many others. Minkkinen has received numerous awards, including two Polaroid Studio Grants in 1984 and 1987, and a New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Grant in 1991. He was honored with Rittari, First Class Lion of Knighthood by the Finnish Republic on the Sesquicentennial of Finnish Photography in 1992 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015. Minkkinen currently resides in Andover, MA, and is a Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.