Ocean Quigley

Ocean Quigley

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Ocean Quigley
OCEAN QUIGLEY (b. 1970, American) Ocean was born in San Miguel de Allende, in Neal Cassady’s old house, the child of two artists who had fled suburban Connecticut for lives of adventure. His early childhood was spent living and travelling in Central and South America. In Costa Rica, his father built a house in the rainforest surrounded by monkeys and overrun by army ants. It was hours from the nearest village, and when his grandparents came to visit they had to hire a guide with a jeep to find the place. He lived in Medellín before the drug wars, and travelled through the Andes in World War II vintage DC3′s and on school buses that had been converted to run on train tracks. As far as he knew, this was normal. In the later 1970′s, his parents returned to the States and travelled about, before settling in rural Maui, where Ocean grew up. Maui was a much sleepier, quieter place back then, and Ocean spent days on the beach, hiking through the crater and camping in the forest. All the while, Ocean’s mother was teaching him how to paint and draw. For Ocean, there wasn’t much of a boundary between art and the rest of life. Ocean left Maui for New York City as a 17 year old. It was time for the big city, for art school and for weeks spent at the Frick and the Met. This was where America’s great masters were collected, and Ocean wanted to learn how to paint like them. At Parson’s School of Design, Ocean’s teachers had no idea how to do any of that, or any inkling of why somebody would want to. It was the heyday of crockery-smashing neo-expressionism, and if Ocean wanted to paint in the grand tradition, he was going to have to figure it out for himself. Ocean met other young artists with similar ambitions and drew and painted and drew. Traditional painting was very out of step with the ideology of the art world of that time and place, but adversity made it all the more exciting. It was subversive. At the same time, Ocean worked at a prominent Manhattan design studio and was diving into the newly emerging digital arts, applying the same aesthetic sensibilities that were developing in his painting. After studying and working on the East Coast, Ocean returned to Maui to paint and to make art. Ocean had been working seriously for about ten years at this point, and he was showing his work and connecting with other artists. But Maui is such a small island that in his early 20′s Ocean moved to California, like many island kids do. In California, Ocean found a subject. A century-and-a-half earlier, the Hudson River painters had found transcendence in the vast sweep of the American landscape. They did big, luminous paintings, expressing the breadth and power of place. In California, Ocean set out to work with similar ambitions. To paint the world as it is, but also to get at what it means. Ocean became part of that American tradition that uses realism as a way of describing the depths of style and perceptions beneath reality. At the same time, Ocean was applying his knowledge of light, space, form and visual structure at Electronic Arts, where he was designing and art-directing games like SimCity, the Sims and Spore. For Ocean, there is a continuous visual sensibility that stretches from the Renaissance to real-time computer-graphics, and he inhabits that entire continuum. In recent years, Ocean’s work, both digital and traditional, has been shown in museums all over the world. Ocean’s work has appeared in MOMA’s, NYC “Talk to Me” exhibit, and in the Barbican Gallery’s “Game On” exhibits, shown at Scotland’s Royal Museum, Helsinki’s City art museum, the Eretz Israel museum, the Queen Victoria Museum in Australia and many others. Ocean’s painting has been in American Artist magazine, Juxtapoz, Arnet magazine and others. He gave the keynote presentation at 2008′s Art Futura conference in Barcelona and has presented at Siggraph and the Game Developers’ Conference. In 2008, he was named as one of the game industry’s heroes for his art direction of Spore. Ocean continues to paint his great, sweeping, light-filled landscapes in his Oakland studio, to paint and explore the American West, and to design and build-out aesthetics for virtual worlds.
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Across Lake Sherburne
Ocean Quigley

Across Lake Sherburne

Oil on Board

11 x 14 in

Big Bear Lake
Ocean Quigley

Big Bear Lake

Oil on Linen

48 x 60 in

Childhood
Ocean Quigley

Childhood

Oil on Board

11 x 14 in

Evening Oaks
Ocean Quigley

Evening Oaks

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

In the Garden (among the Poppies)
Ocean Quigley

In the Garden (among the Poppies)

Oil on Board

20 x 16 in

Mt. Tam Spring Sunshine
Ocean Quigley

Mt. Tam Spring Sunshine

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

Raising Buckets
Ocean Quigley

Raising Buckets

Oil on Canvas

24 x 18 in

Springtime on Mt. Diablo
Ocean Quigley

Springtime on Mt. Diablo

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

Yosemite Floor
Ocean Quigley

Yosemite Floor

Oil on Linen

48 x 60 in

Anticipation of Cake
Ocean Quigley

Anticipation of Cake

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

Big Sur Light
Ocean Quigley

Big Sur Light

Oil on Canvas

18 x 24 in

Dark Woods and Lanterns
Ocean Quigley

Dark Woods and Lanterns

Oil on Canvas

36 x 60 in

Fallen Tree, Mt. Tam
Ocean Quigley

Fallen Tree, Mt. Tam

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 in

Last Light--the View From the Mountain
Ocean Quigley

Last Light--the View From the Mountain

Oil on Paper

14 x 20 in

Oak Trees and Afternoon Light
Ocean Quigley

Oak Trees and Afternoon Light

Oil on Linen

48 x 60 in

Remember This
Ocean Quigley

Remember This

Oil on Linen

60 x 60 in

The Goosenecks at Capitol Reef
Ocean Quigley

The Goosenecks at Capitol Reef

Oil on Linen

18 x 36 in

Bearhat Mountain
Ocean Quigley

Bearhat Mountain

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

Briones (landscape with oak)
Ocean Quigley

Briones (landscape with oak)

Oil on Paper

12 x 16 in

Diablo Oaks
Ocean Quigley

Diablo Oaks

Oil on Linen

48 x 60 in

Gathering Lilies
Ocean Quigley

Gathering Lilies

Oil on Board

20 x 16 in

Morning on Lake Sherburne
Ocean Quigley

Morning on Lake Sherburne

Oil on Board

16 x 20 in

Oaks in Briones
Ocean Quigley

Oaks in Briones

Oil on Linen

11 x 14 in

Salt, Soil, Water
Ocean Quigley

Salt, Soil, Water

Oil on Board

18 x 24 in

Toy Sailboat
Ocean Quigley

Toy Sailboat

Oil on Linen

24 x 36 in

Behind the Point Cabrillo Light
Ocean Quigley

Behind the Point Cabrillo Light

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20 in

Carmel Valley
Ocean Quigley

Carmel Valley

Oil on Board

11 x 14 in

Down on the Rio Chama
Ocean Quigley

Down on the Rio Chama

Oil on Linen

60 x 96 in

Green Hills
Ocean Quigley

Green Hills

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 in

Morning Stillness
Ocean Quigley

Morning Stillness

Oil on Canvas

60 x 48 in

Path Through The Trees
Ocean Quigley

Path Through The Trees

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 in

Spring Roses
Ocean Quigley

Spring Roses

Oil on Board

11 x 14 in

Trowel, Soil, and Watering Can
Ocean Quigley

Trowel, Soil, and Watering Can

Oil on Board

24 x 18 in

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