Marc Quinn Biography - ArtLyst
Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964. He read history and history of art at Robinson College, Cambridge. Quinn worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barry Flanagan and is considered part of the New British Artist scene which flourished in the UK in late 1980's - 1990's.
His first exhibition was presented by Jay Jopling,founder of White Cube Gallery. This was Mr Joplings first project in what was to become a remarkably successful career as artist representative. Quinn’s sculpture, paintings and drawings often deal with the distanced relationship we have with our bodies, highlighting the conflict between the 'natural' and 'cultural'.
Quinn has created a number of controversial works including Self,1991,a self portrait of the artist's head fashioned from 10 pints of the artist's own blood,removed from his body over a 5 month period.He also created Alison Lapper Pregnant, a monumental marble statue of artist Alison Lapper installed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square. It depicts a pregnant woman, who was born with no arms and severely shortened legs.
Quinn exhibited in Charles Saatchi's defining Sensation Exhibition. Other shows include: Sonsbeek ’93, Arnhem (1993), Give and Take, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001), Statements 7, 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and Gwangju Biennale (2004). Solo exhibitions include Tate Gallery, London (1995), Kunstverein Hannover (1999), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), Tate Liverpool (2002), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2004), Groninger Museum, Groningen (2006) and MACRO, Rome (2006).