David Lee Quick is a painter, film maker, photographer, and writer.
He has been around. All around.
Mr. Quick, who is a native of Wichita, began an artist's journey in the early 70's that took him to 38 states.
Out west, he hung out with singer Sue Stewart and stayed at activist Abbie Hoffman's home in Berkeley.
He studied with Max Ernst and Man Ray associate Louis Hirshman in Philly.
He met and conversed with artists Louis Kahn, Alice Neel, and Estaban Vincente.
While in New York he met Lou Reed, who took him to meet Andy Warhol at the tin-foil wrapped factory, a place he would often return to on his many trips to the great city.
Mr. Quick produced a set of illustrated poems, showing his paintings in many solo exhibitions. He lobbied Congress on behalf of the arts, he produced a study on aging artists for President Jimmy Carter, and became an artist-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and ultimately teaching a 2 colleges in that same state.
After returning to Wichita in 1991, Mr. Quick taught American Modernism, The History of Photography and the Harlem Renaissance, and Beat Culture Studies at Wichita State.
Mr. Quick continued to paint and photograph through all of these travels.
Now Mr. Quick is showing those paintings and a film in a large exhibition at The Fiber Studio on Commerce Street.
The show is up through July 29th and is entitled Sixty Year Sampler.
I think the show is inaptly named. This colorful and extremely enjoyable exhibition should be called The David Quick Exploding Inevitable.
Take a look at the photos of the exhibition above and you'll understand why.