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Marc Quinn
Dates: British, born 1964
Biographical Account:

Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964 and studied History and Art History at Cambridge University. He first came to prominence in the 1990s when he exhibited 'Self', a cast of his head made from nine pints of his own frozen blood. This work featured in Sensation at the Royal Academy, alongside works by fellow Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.


Quinn’s fascination with the human form has been evident throughout his career. His work also looks into the essence of life, and he explores ideas about genetics in both his Italian Landscape series and DNA portrait of Sir John Sulston. The son of a physicist and an artist, it is not surprising that Quinn sees the dividing line between art and science as blurred.


Since the start of his career Quinn has used innovative and challenging materials such as wax, lead, ice, blood and glass. In a recent series of sculptures however, Quinn embraced the traditional medium of marble to create works depicting people who have lost or were born without limbs. Alison Lapper Pregnant, a fifteen-foot sculpture drawn from this body of works was previously chosen for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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