Carolyn Quan is one of fine art’s most innovative, photographic artists. Launching a career in fine art just after 9/11, Carolyn Quan has been celebrated by art collectors worldwide from Germany to Japan to Australia. With more than 20 years of professional experience in the commercial art field, Carolyn transitioned seamlessly into fine art, applying her refined sense of design, composition, color, and technical expertise to the art that she creates. A prolific artist, Carolyn creates fine art photo collages that are a unique combination of her own original 35 mm and digital photographs that are creatively and artistically blended together and transformed into imaginative works of fine art. Her art is inspired by spirituality and the beauty that she finds in nature and humankind.
An Artist since childhood, Carolyn Quan grew up in Toronto, Canada and earned a degree in Commercial Design and Photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship for her fourth year of studies awarded to her by City-TV/MuchMusic, Canada’s MTV, along with a summer internship.
After working as a designer in television for 3 years, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of designing album covers. In NYC, Carolyn was a music industry Art Director and designed album covers for many celebrities, including Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Yes and the Grateful Dead, to name just a few. She is the recipient of 4 gold records for her creative achievements in the music industry. In 1992, Carolyn began to build her own graphic design company which specialized in the entertainment industry. Clients included PolyGram Video, CBS Radio, Black Entertainment Television, BMG, Sony Music, EMI and Warner Music Int’l. Recording artists included INXS, Lionel Ritchie, Sarah Brightman, Placido Domingo, and Kiss, amongst many others.
In 1997, Carolyn diversified her business and launched a glossy multicultural magazine, Urban Mozaik, which promoted cross-cultural understanding and celebrated diversity.
In the year 2000, Carolyn moved to Maui, Hawaii. And then, after the life-altering events of 9/11, she began focusing her creative endeavors on her fine art.
In 2004, Carolyn opened her first art gallery and studio in Lahaina, Maui. In 2005, it transitioned into The Quan Gallery on Front Street in Lahaina – a co-op art gallery featuring six local artists – and serendipitously on September 11, 2007, Carolyn opened The Quan Gallery in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, in the heart of Waikiki. The Quan Gallery in Waikiki was her first solo/signature art gallery. The same year, two of her nudes (one male and one female) were added to the permanent collection of art at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction founded by world-renowned sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey, in Bloomington, Indiana. Her artwork has been shown in Rio de Janeiro; New York City; Los Angeles; Taos; La Quinta; Riviera Maya, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; and throughout the Hawaiian islands as well as at art festivals throughout the country. Her art is in private collections around the world including Australia, Germany, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and, Japan.
She has been featured in over 20 publications as well as on radio and television. In 2010, she was the recipient of the “Best in Show” award at the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco, which was founded by Harvey Milk in 1994. This is one of Carolyn’s personal career highlights as Harvey Milk is one of her all-time “heroes” and greatest inspirations. For 6 years in a row, from 2012 – 2018 Carolyn has been honored with a total of 14 American Art Awards, founded by Tom Bierdz, a fellow artist and daytime television celebrity from the Young and the Restless. The awards are juried by 25 fine art galleries across the U.S. In 2015, she was honored with the Award of Merit in the photography category at the 33rd Annual La Quinta Arts Festival, one of the most prestigious art festivals in the country. In the last couple of years, she has also won numerous awards at various fine art festivals across the country including Chicago and Beverly Hills.
She is currently based in the American Southwest and travels around the country showing and selling her artwork at fine art festivals.