Marc Quinn b. 1964


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Marc Quinn is a well-known sculptor and part of the Young British Artists group. He studied at the Robinson College in Cambridge, where he worked as an assistant to sculptor Barry Flanagan. Quinn's own work is inspired by the relationship between the self and the body, as well as the influence of the cultural versus the natural on the psyche.


Quinn's most notable works include Garden, a frozen garden made for Miuccia Prada in 2000, Alison Lapper Pregnant, a nearly 12-foot tall sculpture displayed in Trafalgar Square in London from 2005-2007 and Self, an ongoing sculpture of his head made of his own blood. Self was purchased by British businessman Charles Saatchi in 1991 and exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1997. In 2006, Quinn started a series of the supermodel Kate Moss; his most famous being Siren, which is an 18-carat gold statue and is deemed the "largest gold statue since ancient Egypt."


Marc Quinn has work featured in various permanent collections internationally, including the Tate Modern in London, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the MoMA in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


Related Categories: Young British Artists (YBA), Art of the 1990s, Medical/Health, United Kingdom and Ireland, Figurative Sculpture, The Body, Figurative Painting, Sculpture, Focus on Materials, Provocative, The Abject, Painting, Contemporary Grotesque, Organic Material, Contemporary Conceptualism, Grotesque, Gender, Drawing, Mortality, Mixed-Media, Erotic, Popular Culture, Cultural Commentary, Color Photography, Nature, Photography.