Eileen Quinlan


Born in Boston (MA) in 1971, currently lives and works in Brooklyn (NY). Represented by Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York) and Campoli Presti (New York and Paris).

Eileen Quinlan is a photographer working with medium format and large format cameras to create abstract photographs, by agitating the film via steel wool or long chemical processing. Some of her photographic subjects are smoke, mirrors, mylar, colored lights, and other photographs. The result is photographic images that are reminiscent of color field painting and op art thus furthering the contemporary conversation between photography and painting.

Eileen Quinlan
Boston, 1972

Solo Shows


Mind Craft, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.


After Hours, Campoli Presti, London.

Double Charlie, Campoli Presti, Paris


Curtains, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York


Twin Peaks, Campoli Presti, London, UK.


Constant Comment, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.


Highlands, Sutton Lane, Paris

Nature Morte, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Group Shows


Her Wherever, Curated by Sara Greenberger Rafferty & Sara VanDerBeek; Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY.

Systematically Open? New Forms for Contemporary Image Production, curated by Walead Beshty, Elad Lassry, Zanele Muholi and Collier Schorr; LUMA Foundation, Arles, France.

Lattice Work, curated by Rola Khayyat, Emily Kloppenburg, Rachel Stern, and Alex Strada; Black & White Gallery/ Project Space, Brooklyn, NY.

Pure Numerical Formula Describes Wetness and Light, curated by Eli Bornowsky Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.

Hardly visible. Barely noticeable. ESTE, Brooklyn, NY.

Land Escapes, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York

Always starts with an encounter: Wols/Eileen Quinlan, produced by Radio Athènes, curated by Helena Papadopoulos, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece

Image Support, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA


An Unfixed Image: The Photographic Across Media, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

New Acquisitions, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England

A kind of graphic unconscious, Susan Hobbs, Toronto

The Human Apparatus, Klemms, Berlin

Transmission, Recreation and Repetition, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Lens Work: Celebrating LACMA’s Experimental Photography at 50, LACMA, Los Angeles

The Inventors of Tradition II, The Palace of Art, Glasgow

Images That Speak, Presentation House Gallery (Satellite Gallery), Vancouver, Canada


Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed, Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, FL

American Photography: Recent Acquisitions from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Grand Palais: Paris Photo, Paris, FR

A Moveable Feast – Part XI 03, Eileen Quinlan & Cheyney Thompson, Campoli Presti, Paris

Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, NY

Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, LA

Process Priority, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

What is a Photograph?, curated by Carol Squiers, International Center of Photography, New York

Lens Reflex, curated by Steven Baldi, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Our Demise, curated by Marc Joseph Berg, New York, NY

Outside the Lines: Rites of Spring, curated by Dean Daderko, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX


New Photography, Brendan Fowler, Annette Kelm, Lisa Oppenheim, Anna Ostoya, Josephine Pryde, Eileen Quinlan, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lens Drawings, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

The Cat Show, curated by Rhonda Lieberman, White Columns, New York

Why is Everything the Same?-Works from the Collection of Anne Collier and Matthew Higgs, Shoot The Lobster, New York


Matt Keegan & Eileen Quinlan: Y? O! G… A., The Kitchen, NYC

second nature: abstract photography then and now, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

accrochage: an installation of recent works by gallery artists and others, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Blind Cut, Curated by Jonah Freeman and Vera Neykov Marlborough Gallery, New York

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Boston Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1972 Lives in: Brooklyn