Marc Quinn (born 1964, London, UK) is one of the leading artists of his generation. His sculptures, paintings and drawings explore the relationship between art and science, the human body and the perception of beauty, among other things.
Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture Self (1991); a cast of the artist’s head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood. Other critically acclaimed works include Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), a fifteen-ton marble statue of Alison Lapper - a pregnant disabled woman - exhibited on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square in London, and Siren (2008) a solid gold sculpture of the model Kate Moss that was on display at The British Museum, London.
He has shown internationally in museums and galleries including Arter Space for Art, Istanbul (2014), Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2012), Oceanographic Museum, Monaco (2012), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2012); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2009); Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2009), British Museum (2008); DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montréal (2007); Groninger Museum, Groningen (2006); MACRO, Rome (2006); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004); Tate Liverpool (2002); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000); Kunstverein Hannover (1999); and Tate Gallery, London (1995).
Throughout his oeuvre, Quinn draws on ideas and themes relating to the human body. Other key subjects include cycles of growth and evolution through topical issues such as genetics and the manipulation of DNA, as well as issues of life and death and identity. Quinn’s work uses a broad range of materials, both traditional and untraditional. The materiality of the object, in both its elemental composition and surface appearance, is at the heart of Quinn’s work.
Photograph: Nick Harvey/WireImage for Mimi Foundation