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Darren at Wild Banana Gallery c.2002

Darren Quinn is a spirited artist and adventurous individual. His artwork is fresh and personal and filled with his lust for life.

Darren has had to overcome a near fatal car accident at the age of 19, that left him quadriplegic and faced with the challenges of life in a wheelchair he carved a new way for himself with a heightened appreciation for life.

Armed with creative might, the power of his sense of humor, and brave adventurism, Darren Quinn has gone on to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

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Art Exhibits and Collectors

Just a few years after the accident Darren started selling his first paintings within his diverse group of friends. In 1991 he publicly showed his artwork for the first time. About a year later, with two partners, he had the opportunity to buy out an existing art gallery in Coronado, California, the "Avenue Gallery." It was a bittersweet experience with about half a dozen successful shows, but a business disaster in the end.

Between the years of 1991 through May of 1995 Darren had several solo exhibitions, from Coronado to Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Eventually he moved to Maui and continued to show in galleries and sell to private collectors and friends.

In 2010 Darren moved back to California where he is still making a selling artwork.
Giada De Laurentiis and Architectural DigestThe Food Network's
Giada De Laurentiis

Darren met Todd Thompson in the student dorms while the two of them were attending the University of Utah in the 1980's. He has been one of Darren's closest friends and art collectors ever since. Todd married his long time love Giada De Laurentiis in 2003. Darren created the first 'Amore.' painting for them as a wedding gift.

After the wedding, Todd and GIada bought a vinatge-modern Los Angeles bungalow and launched into a full scale remodel that was later featured as a cover story for Architectural Digest. With that remodel the couple enlarged thier collection of Darren Quinn originals that so beautifully accented the mid-century modern meets high-design appeal of thier home. Eventually Giada was inspired to featured Darren and his artwork on her 'Cooking at Home' show on the Food Network.

Being featured on national television has greatly expanded the number of collectors of Darren's art and admirers of his life. The unpretentious artist has found the new attention both unexpected and exciting and he feels very thankful to have had such a great opportunity to expose his art to a wider audience.
Giada De Laurentiis and Architectural Digest
Big Waves at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii

Every winter, off the shores of Maui, a unique spectacle takes place under utmost danger surfers, film makers, and lifeguards face the ultimate challenge of their lives and hurl themselves into the tube of the hugest waves on the planet: JAWS. (Ka Nalu Nui - The Ultimate Surf)

Amoungst Darren's colorful entourage is Jaws surf legend Laird Hamelton.
Darren and Surf legend Laird Hamelton at 'Jaws'

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