William Quigley

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William Quigley
Born Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality American
Known for Painting, Fashion
Notable work Boxers, Civil War
Movement Urban Realism

William Quigley (born April 29, 1961) is an American painter from Pennsylvania.


William Quigley graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania in 1984. He also studied abroad at the Tyler School of Art in Italy for one year before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 to study Political Science. In 1985 he entered Columbia University Graduate School of Fine Arts in New York City for his MFA and opened for Andy Warhol at the McNeil Gallery for the Images of a Child's World exhibition.


William Quigley has traveled extensively creating and exhibiting all over the World. After completing a BFA program at Philadelphia College of Art, studied sculpture, painting and printmaking at Tyler School of Art in Rome, followed by a continued study of political science and art at University of Pennsylvania. His first career show was June 1985, less than a year out of Undergraduate school at the infamous Henry McNeil Gallery in Philadelphia. Showing in the back room of Andy Warhol's exhibit prior to his shocking death in 1987. It was one of Warhol's last shows, "images of a child's world." with a striking catalog published by Swiss Dealer Bruno Bischofberger. McNeil chose three abstract Quigley works and sold them within the first hour. In 1985 attended Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts in New York City. Painted in Venezuela in 1989, before landing in Los Angeles in 1990-2004, where he would meet and work with LA dealer Manny Silverman and open his own gallery MayB which later became AB Gallery directed by Dan Bernier. Participating in ARTLA Fair in December 1992-3, met art dealers Ferran and Marisa Cano,[1] from Mallorca, Spain. Ferran Cano was a close friend of painter Joan Miró and his gallery made a promise to Miró to keep young Spanish and International art alive in Barcelona and Mallorca. Quigley was offered to come paint for a six months in Mallorca in June 1992, where he made 44 works at the gallery and was given access to explore the work and studio of Joan Miró. After returning to Los Angeles, he opened artist run Mayb, which became the infamous AB Gallery, 1994, directed by Dan Bernier, a hotbed for young artists such as Quigley, George Stoll,[2] Martin Kersels,[3] Marc Chiat,[4] Steve Hurd,[5] Russell Crotty,[6] Jason Rhoades,[7] Manuel Ocampo[8] and Kevin Sullivan.[9]

In 1998 and 1999 he traveled to India and made a series of works that has had tremendous impact on his overall style and direction. In 1999 set up a second studio in Soho, New York. While in Los Angeles trying to make a living turned to film, commercials and music videos as both and art director and set designer working on the sets for directors such as David Fincher, Marc Chiat, Nigel Dick, David Kellogg, Phedon Papamichael, Gregory Dark and Dick George. Films included Punch the Clock and Dark Side of Genius and music videos, Madonna's "Oh Father, "Express Yourself" and "Like a Prayer". Prince's "Gett Off", Paula Abdul "Straight Up", Tom Petty's "Freefallin", and OutKast's The Art of Storytelling; and a host of commercials like Doritos "who's bob". Where Red Dog Films director Marc Chiat cast an unknown, 13-year-old future star named Toby MacGuire for the lead role. The move to New York 1999 sparked an incredibly productive period working with a few different band's such as Pete Francis, Dispatch, and Piano genius Paul Tillotson, creating albums, stages, and developed a company with Francis in 2000 called "Skrapper". A T-shirt company using Quigleys Boxer paintings and quirky sayings on their products, tshirts, stages, and albums. Scrapper Records was formed by Pete Francis using the original logo designed by web designer Jeremy Miller from a Quigley portrait of Marvin Hart.

Quigley's work is collected by over 600 people worldwide, including influential figures as President Bill Clinton, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to athletes like Shaquille Oneal and Michael Jordan, Eminem, Woody Allen and Kevin Spacey.


The Boxer Series[edit]

In 1999, downtown New York artist William Quigley was commissioned to create a "no contemporary" fighter painting for a friend. The Boxer Series is a continuing work in progress that investigates through visual study the growth, history, character and impact of the boxing fighter since its birth in the late 1800s. Consisting of confident portraits, traditional confrontational boxing poses, head to head battles, and an occasional knockdown, the subject matter subtly makes comparisons between the life of a prize fighter and one of a painter aiming for something else from his SoHo art space: Skrapper[10][11] sustainable fashion.

Civil War Show[edit]

It consisted of 16 paintings, one carved sculpture of a 15-year-old black Union soldier, and a 40-page hand painted book visually illustrating an interplanetary diary of the War. As the series developed, the theme became more focused on not only the individual lives of the soldiers, generals, and President Abraham Lincoln, but the fight for freedom and respect for the black culture, then considered slaves.

The Civil War Book[edit]

The Civil War Book was the fourth book made by William Quigley. Originally it was intended to be a sketch pad for ideas and information about the American Civil War, yet, it later became an elaborate compliment to the Civil War Paintings and was shown at the Lawrence Gallery in 1996. The book's gritty design incorporates war documentation, random notes, photos and nostalgic battlefield tales illustrating one of the most complex and misunderstood wars in American history.


  • Andy Warhol: at McNeil Gallery/Fledging new artist William Quigley, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1985
  • Sculptured Skywriting and Mythic Photography, Victoria Donohoe, Page C03, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 1985
  • New Art, Phillip Dash, Details Magazine, May 1991
  • Dark Side of Genius, Filmmaker Magazine, 1993
  • William Quigley: del expresimo a la tradition, Maria J.Bonafe, Ultima Hora, Mallorca, Spain, October 21, 1993
  • William Quigley: at Ferran Cano, El Pais, Television Guide, Madrid, Spain, October 1993
  • Trebals de Mallorca: William Quigley, Juan Gacra Sevilla, El Diario De Mallorca, October 1993
  • Thin on Attitude, Susan Kandell, Los Angeles Times, February 1994
  • AB Gallery Opens Moves and Changes (feature Galley Guide) New York, LA, 1994
  • I want to Touch Life, Pankaj Tuli, Hindustan Times, Delhi India, October 1998
  • A survey of Paintings (published in Delhi by American Artist) The Times of India, Arts section, November 1998
  • Quigley Hangs in My House, Michael Allante, Vanity Fair, March 1999
  • Fame Brushes, Ryan D'Agostino, New York Observer, September 2002
  • How to Spend a Million Dollars, Ryan D'Agostino, MBA Jungle, October 2002
  • New Light Gallery, Anne Jennings, Virginia, September 2000
  • Its Time For My Closeup Mr. Quigley, Amanda Von Poggense, Zink Magazine, September 2004
  • Side Dish, Joanna Molloy, NY Daily News, May 25, 2004
  • Fame Brushes, Joanna Molloy, NY Daily News, June 1, 2004
  • Page Six, Richard Johnson, NY Post, June 2, 2004
  • Page Six, Richard Johnson, NY Post, June 15, 2004
  • Now Served: a course in Restaurants Cater to Art, Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News, Sept 15, 2004
  • Jasper, Joanna Molloy, NY Daily News, August 10, 2004

Individual exhibitions[edit]

  • 1985 - PRINTS AND DRAWINGS BY BILL QUIGLEY" Steward Lamlee Gallery, September, New York
  • 1987 - NEW WORKS, Andrew Calle Gallery, November, Paris
  • 1989 - NEW WORKS, Tendler/Brachman, February, New York
  • 1990 - BLACK AND BLOO, April, Los Angeles
  • 1993 - TREBALLS DESDE MURO Galeria Ferran Cano, Sept., Palma de Mallorca, Spain
    • UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Hospital Gallery, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Philadelphia
    • NINE WORKS The Place, Pazzia, April, Los Angeles
  • 1994 - NEW PAINTINGS AB Gallery, February, Los Angeles
  • 1995 - NEW PAINTINGS, Ikon Fine Art, Gramercy Art Fair, Chateau Marmount, December, Los Angeles
    • MINI MALL SHOW, Mini Mall Six Gallery, December, Los Angeles
  • 1996 - CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS, Lawrence Gallery, October, Beverly Hills
    • MINI MALL SHOW, Mini Mall Six Gallery, April, Los Angeles
  • 1997 - UNTITLED, collection of paintings in the home of Abdoul Sesay, March, Los Angeles
    • NEW PAINTINGS Heidi Voltafiedl Gallery, January, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1998 - SURVEY Of PAINTINGS FROM INDIA, Releas of new book, Cypher Fine Art,December, Bel Air
  • 1999 - I ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO IRELAND, Mayb Gallery, April, New York
  • 2000 - THE BOXERS, Mayb Gallery, June, New York
  • 2002 - IRELAND SHOW, Berkeley Court, October, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2004 - NEW PAINTINGS, Mayb Gallery, November, New York

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1985 - IMAGES OF A CHILD'S WORLD, Andy Warhol, McNeil Gallery, June, Philadelphia
    • APPROPRIATIONS/ABSTRACTIONS, McNeil Gallery, July, Philadelphia
  • 1986 - TWO GERMANS, ONE AMERICAN,Klaus Nuefert Gallery, May, Cologne, Germany
  • 1987 - ART FIGHTING AIDS, McNeil Gallery, May, Philadelphia
    • ART AGAINST AIDS, Tendler/Brachman, June, New York
  • 1989 - FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, Dec. 7-11 Manny Silverman Gallery
    • Gail Feingarten Gallery, Los Angeles
    • Couturier Gallery, January, Los Angeles
  • 1991 - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
    • CHRISTMAS SHOW 8500 Holloway, May b Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1992 - ART '23 BASEL, Galeria Ferran Cano, July, Basel, Switzerland
    • Free Clinic of Los Angeles Auction, February, Los Angeles
    • Metropolitan Art Gallery, May, Los Angeles
  • 1993 - THE NEW PIER SHOW CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Galeria Ferran Cano,May, Chicago
    • "THE LIVING ROOM SHOW" MAY b Gallery, June, Los Angeles
    • COUNTDOWN TO THE NEXT MILLENIUM, LACE Gallery, April, Los Angeles
    • PROJECT ANGEL FOOD, Pacific Design Center, December, Los Angeles
    • LA ART FAIR, December,Los Angeles
  • 1995 - BUTTERFIELD & BUTTERFIELD, December Auction Project Angel Food, December, Los Angeles
    • RAINFORREST, Laddie John Dill Studio, December, Venice, CA
    • LAST EXIT, Soho West Gallery, January, Los Angeles
    • OUT WITH THE OLDE, Jeffrey Gold Gallery, April, New York
  • 1996 - NEW PAINTINGS, Gramercy Art Fair, December, New York
    • CHICAGO ART FAIR, Ferran Cano Gallery, May
    • CHRISTMAS SHOW, Couturier Gallery, December, Los Angeles
  • 1998 - NAVY PIER, CHICAGO ART FAIR, Ferran Cano Gallery, May, Chicago
  • 2000 - NEW LIGHT GALLERY, New Light Gallery, Abingdon,Virginia, May 2000
  • 2001 - NEW LIGHT GALLERY, New Light Gallery, Abingdon,Virginia, August 2001
  • 2003 - JUDGEMENT DAY, December, PablosBirthday, New York
  • 2003 - SCOPE, December, Gavensvort Hotel, New York
  • 2004 - ART IS NOT UNTOUCHABLE, Pablos Birthday, April, New York

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