Dan Quinton spent years working as a custom framer in England, Toronto and Vancouver, putting into beautiful frames everything from fine art lithographs to silkscreen posters.
It was while he was managing a framing store in Toronto that he decided to get back to creating his own art.
“I fell in love with the screen-printed medium and became inspired to start creating my own posters,” says Quinton, who studied mixed-media fine art and graphic design in his native England. “I think I had been out of the loop when it came to my own work, so it just kick started me back into it.”
Quinton recently opened an online store where all of his designs are available. Some of those designs include those inspired by his photos of local scenery. He says his work is also inspired by art nouveau and art deco, especially the work of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech art nouveau painter and decorative artist and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an early 20th century Scottish designer, water colourist and architect. He also loves Andy Warhol’s work and pop art in general. He’s a fan of graphic designer Neville Brody, especially for his use of typography.
That love of typography is apparent in Quinton’s regional maps, with their large, bold font—one of his favourite designs. He says what he loves about these maps is the simple but bold design and that the image is easily recognizable. Quinton can produce these maps in blue, black or a custom colour. Clients can order designs from the online store, size as shown or in larger-scale digital prints by request. All posters can be shipped or purchased already framed.
Quinton says the appeal of posters is their accessibility. “It’s a more affordable way for people to have a nice piece of art,” he says.