Magnus Quaife’s practice considers the recirculation and re-imagination of images and forms in the art world and beyond. The emergence of myths as collective cultural and political memory are often the focus of this work. From media images of the global uprisings of 1968 to the mountains in Cezanne’s paintings and Spielberg’s films via pone masts pretending to be trees or Walter Benjamin’s grave, Quaife’s diverse subjects are connected by sense that nothing is quite what it seems.
Recent exhibitions include: Like a Child Running a Stick Along a Fence, Works|Projects, Bristol; Schools of Art, HfBK Dresden; A Fire in the Master’s House is Set, Chapter Cardiff; A Theatre to address, Arnolfini, Bristol; 5 Places, Metasenta International, Langford 120, Melbourne; Deshenos (Drawings A to Z); Museu da Cidade, Lisbon; This is the gallery and the gallery is many things, EAST-SIDE Projects, Birmingham. He studied at Cheslea College of Art and Design and the Manchester School of Art.
He is represented by WORKS|PROJECTS.