Since February 14, 2022, Angeleno artists Tony de los Reyes and Francisco Javier Palomares have taken up residence within the law offices of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Downtown LA. Each artist receives a $20,000 grant and their own corner office to use for their creative endeavors. Here is an inside view of the art and process of these two brilliant artists, whose residency will culminate this June with an exhibition of the projects they will have created during their tenure with us.
Over the past months, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting another duo of extraordinarily talented local artists through Quinn Emanuel’s artist residency. Our first residency was an unexpected silver lining borne out of the pandemic: with many of the firm’s partners deciding to transition to work from home permanently after the initial quarantine, we suddenly found we had a whole lot of room to spare in our offices in DTLA. Alexis Hyde, a longtime Los Angeles curator and friend of mine from our previous collaboration over the Museum of Broken Relationships, suggested we might put the space to good use by offering an in-office residency for emerging local artists. As a lifelong lover of the arts, I was immediately on board.
Our previous residency featured the art of Edgar Ramirez and Molly Segal, whose four-month stint at Quinn Emanuel culminated with an exhibition this January at the centrally-located Show Gallery. As gratifying as it was to support local artists, we also found that infusing our firm with outside creativity greatly enriched our workplace environment. As much as the visual arts seem to have nothing in common with litigation, both are, at their core, creative processes, and can inform one another. Having artists in house who are literally starting from nothing—a blank canvas—can provide a world of inspiration when tackling your next case and deciding what story you’re setting out to tell.
For this second residency, Alexis, myself, and our fellow jury members sifted through over 200 applications before landing on Tony de los Reyes and Francisco Palomares as our next artists-in-residence, and we couldn’t be more proud of the work they’ve already achieved. As with Ramirez and Segal, it’s been deeply inspiring to watch their creative process unfold within our office walls. I’m honored to have played a small part in supporting these two talented individuals in their artistic journeys, and look forward to seeing their success continue well into the future.