Painter and printmaker, Charles Quest was born in Troy, New York. He studied at the University of Washington in St Louis before receiving further training in Europe. In 1944, he returned to St. Louis to become a member of the art faculty at Washington University. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1971 and moved to Tryon, N.C. Throughout his career he painted murals, worked in sculpture, stone carving, mosaic, and stained glass. However, he is best remembered for his paintings and prints. Quest has work in over 100 musuems and galleries across the world. His works are included in numerous museums in the U.S. and abroad, including the British Museum, Philadelphia Museum, Boston Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum.
Quest is an important figure. He has ties to a greater history, not just America, but in Germany and other parts of Europe, as well.
—David Kiehl, curator of prints, Whitney Museum