"Colin Quashie built a free-standing window and moved it to several spots around Charleston where African-American history unfolded but where there is no marker or memorial. "Charleston is a town that sells itself on its history, but it only markets certain kinds of history," Mr. Quashie said."
- Stephen Kinzer, New York Times
A Planned Museum Would Lead Charleston to it's Past
"Charleston-based Colin Quashie mines the darker parts of American history, digitally manipulating archival images to give them added context and more nuanced meanings."
- Chandra Noyes, Art & Object
'Linking the Past and Present: How Two Artists Examine the History of Racism in America'
"Quashie’s paintings range from the savage satire and bumper sticker bluntness of Andy Warhol-like pop art, to subtle, moody realism."
- Rick de Yampert
Daytona Beach News Journal -
“Artist, an equal opportunity agitator”
"His work is notable for its combination of pristine technique, witty titles, explicit social and political commentary and wide-ranging use of various media."
- Adam Parker, The Post & Courier
Charleston artist links slavery to American figures of history with provocative illustrations
If you're expecting a subtle, tasteful discussion of social justice issues in contemporary American culture, then Colin Quashie is not the artist for you. But if you are moved by engaged visual criticism and see its potential to have an immediate impact on viewers then you'll love Quashie's unflinching examination of the lingering effects of racism in contemporary American culture.
- Undefined Magazine # 12
"Quashie uses humor to make very pointed social commentary. There is a perfect balance in his work between image and text. Cool and controlled though his technique may be, there is no lack of passion in his work. Neither is there any distance between his subject and his own life."
- Mary Bentz Gilkerson
"The shock of slavery and racism was best conveyed to me by the work of Colin Quashie, a contemporary artist living in Charleston. “Plantation (plan-ta-shun)”, the exhibit of his work at the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, struck me in gut."
- Arthur Dobrin D.S.W., Psychology Today
Helping Us to Remember Correctly: The Art of Colin Quashie: Psychic pain and historic truths aren’t good for business.
"The power of this presentation is the fact that Quashie has now chosen to segregate the images of blacks even as they are gradually being included in the official canons of history. This separation is itself politically interesting and significant. Quashie has elliptically attacked the racial context of the commission for the mural, despite or because it is intended as an homage to Civil Rights and “black” history."
Dr. Frank Martin
"Quashie, who has been a Halsey featured artist three times, including an early 1994 show, one of Sloan’s first, and almost the new director’s last."
- Stephanie Hunt, Charleston Magazine,
'Meet The Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Mr. Sloan'
"Quashie is a perfectionist - he has a fine eye for detail and an acerbic talent for social criticism."
- Adam Parker, Post & Courier
'Charleston artist Colin Quashie proposes $2 bills featuring historical black figures
Quashie is a rare artist who balances quality and quantity, and as impressive as his ideas are the many ways he chooses to express them."
- Susan Cohen, Charleston City Paper
Colin Quashie's pointed response to the world around him