These works were made from when Quigley first moved back to NY from Los Angeles in 1999. Whether abstract or figurative, they are rich and raw in history of Art Pobre, Street work, Keinholtz, Dadaists, and Abstract Expressionists combining everyday invites, sales receipts, business cards, primitivism, children’s and outsider work blended with the sophisticated posh sentiments of Pollock, Bacon, Twombly or Clement Greenberg.
From 1999-2005 he made some of his most original paintings, while collaborating with other adventurous brands, friends, and business relationships with his direct no holds bar, Skrapper approach to art and marketing. Through his art and Skrapper collaborated with Hugo Boss, RedBulls head of marketing and art dealer Arne Zimmerman, Uncle Funky’s Jeff Gaites, Photographer Michael Dweck on his 2004 book Montauk the End, and Pete Francis of the band Dispatch, working on countless shows with the band, and creating the tile and design for the album “Who We Living For” which was based on a painting made during the 1992 LA Riots. Francis and Quigley went on to work on numerous musical and art projects together through their company Skrapper. These are paintings and drawings made from September 2003 to May 2004. In New York, November 2003, I did a show and tried to focus on making narrative works. Each painting was a story, the theme focused on the unpredictability and isolation of life. I thought a great deal about travel, speed and how you can be in Toronto one day and India the next. Because of this, would leave backgrounds and environments out of the paintings, so you can focus on the subject like in Freako or Chad. I tried to capture that randomness in both the brushstrokes and literal interpretation of the images.
He rented a 1500 sq ft. studio in the Starett Lehigh Building in Chelsea on 26th Street. This was the beginning of the Art Expedition that saw an enclave of galleries relocate west from 9th avenue to the highway. After setting up camp and establishing himself, he started working on a T-shirt, Clothing line with Pete Francis, and his brother Eric Heimbold, which served as a platform for branding their talents, called Skrapper. Originally it was based on Quigley’s paintings of early Pugilists from the turn of the Century.