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Anthony Quinn Foundation Awarded Grant to Catalogue Art Collection for Research and Education

An original sculpture made by Anthony Quinn
An original sculpture made by Anthony Quinn
(Image Courtesy of the Anthony Quinn Foundation)

Prior to his death in 2001, artist and actor Anthony Quinn spent almost a decade living and working in Bristol, Rhode Island.  According to the Anthony Quinn Foundation, the majority of his work and collection still resides in his studio/workshop there. This collection consists of thousands of Mr. Quinn’s own sketches, paintings and sculptures as well as hundreds of works of art he acquired in his world travels. It also contains manuscripts, diaries, personal correspondence, films, rare photos, recorded interviews and his personal book collection consisting of more than 9,000 volumes.

Various small sculptures in the studio of actor Anthony Quinn at his home in Bristol, RI.
Various small sculptures in the studio of actor Anthony Quinn at his home in Bristol, RI.
His studio is still home to thousands of original works of art.
(Image Courtesy of the Anthony Quinn Foundation)

Earlier this year, the Anthony Quinn Foundation was awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to begin organizing and cataloging the archive in order to make it more manageable for research and scholarly study and available for organized school visits. Eventually the collection will be digitized and available for viewing online. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Major Grants program awards funding to projects that inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination. In the past two years, the Foundation has hosted numerous cultural organizations and high school groups to visit the studio/workshop and collection of Anthony Quinn.

The Anthony Quinn Foundation was founded by Quinn’s widow Katherine Quinn. She says that she established the Anthony Quinn Foundation to raise and distribute funds for arts scholarships.

We draw inspiration from Anthony Quinn’s singular journey, where from an early age the arts enriched his life. Throughout, he seamlessly moved between film roles and across cultures as an actor who made art and an artist who made films.

According to the Anthony Quinn Foundation:

A critical component of the project is the international significance deriving from Mr. Quinn’s Mexican heritage, his upbringing as a poor immigrant in Los Angeles during a time of extreme prejudice against Mexicans (1920s, 30’s, and 40’s) and his unquestionable international success. That success was predicated on hard work, dedication, and the influence of great artists and pioneers with whom he crossed paths: Frank Lloyd Wright, John Steinbeck, John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, Bill Cosby, Spike Lee, and many others. Although he was best known for his work in film, throughout his life he developed an equal significance as an artist across many different media and stayed involved and engaged in many humanitarian causes.

A sketch by Anthony Quinn From 1975
A sketch by Anthony Quinn From 1975
(Image Courtesy of the Anthony Quinn Foundation)

For more about Anthony Quinn and his love of art, you may want to check out the book Anthony Quinn’s Eye: A Lifetime of Creating and Collecting Art.

Visit the Pop Life Art homepage for links to more than 100 celebrity sculptors, painters, and photographers.

Related blog post: Duende: The Art of Anthony Quinn (November 17, 2012)