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Marc Quinn

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Marc Quinn (born 1964) is a British artist, best known for Alison Lapper Pregnant, a statue of Alison Lapper currently installed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, self, a sculpture of his head made with his own frozen blood, and "Garden" (2000). He is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs).
 

Quinn was born in London. He studied history and the history of art at Robinson College, Cambridge. He worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barry Flanagan. He was not represented in the 1988 Damien Hirst-curated Freeze exhibition which brought the YBAs together for the first time (although he did at one time share a flat with Hirst). Quinn emerged in the early 1990s. He was the first artist represented by Jay Jopling, and was exhibited in Charles Saatchi's defining Sensation. Quinn's signature piece in the art world is Self (1991), a frozen sculpture of the artist's head made from 4.5 litres (9.5 US pints) of his own blood, taken from his body over a period of 5 months. Self, like many other pieces by the YBAs, was bought by Charles Saatchi (in 1991 for a reputed £13,000). The press reported in 2002 that the sculpture had been destroyed by builders employed to expand the kitchen for Saatchi's partner, the celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, when they unplugged the freezer in which it was being stored (it has to be kept at -12C/10F). This would seem to have been unfounded, however, as the piece was exhibited intact by Saatchi when he opened his new gallery in London in 2003. In April, 2005, Self was sold to a US collector for £1.5m.His next important piece in terms of public profile was the frozen garden he made for Miuccia Prada in the year 2000. A whole garden full of plants which could never grow together kept in cryogenic suspension, "Garden" seems to anticipate many of the environmental themes which have become so important in the last few years. Quinn has also made a series of marble sculptures of people either born with limbs missing or who have had them amputated. This culminated in the 15 ton marble statue of Alison Lapper, a woman who was born with no arms and severely shortened legs, which sits on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London. His portrait of John Sulston, who won the Nobel prize for sequencing the human genome on the Human Genome Project, is in the National Portrait Gallery. It consists of bacteria containing Sulston's DNA in agar jelly. Since 2005 Quinn has become known to the general public for his sculpture of Alison Lapper, which is on prominent display on a plinth in Trafalgar Square in front of the National Gallery.

In April 2006, Sphinx, a sculpture of Kate Moss by Quinn was revealed. The sculpture shows Moss in a yoga position with her ankles and arms wrapped behind her ears. This body of work culminated in an exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York in May 2007.

 


Self Portrait
 
 

Hallucination
 

Hallucination
 

Red sphinx
 
 

Sphinx (Fortuna)
 
 

Kate Moss is the Sphinx
 
 

Sphinx
 
 

Evolution
 
 

Evolution
 

Evolution
 

Evolution
 

Alison Lapper Pregnant

 
 

Alison Lapper Pregnant
 

Alison Lapper Pregnant
 

Alison Lapper Pregnant
 

Carl Whittaker - Amiodarone, Aspirin, Ciclosporin (Heart Transplant)
 
 

Silvia Petretti - Sustiva, Tenofivir, 3TC (HIV)
 
 

Untitled
 
 

Untitled
 
 

Internal Saline Evolution
 
 

Waiting for Gogot
 
 

Hoxton Venus
 
 

No Visible Means of Escape IV
 
 
 

No Visible Means of Escape IV  
 
 

Sphinx (Road to Enlightenment)
 
 

Latitudinally Dependent
 
 

White Mist
 
 

Template for my Future Plastic Surgery
 
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