London, 1964
1985, BA History of Art, University of Cambridge
Currently Lives and Works in London.

Marc Quinn belongs to the Young British Artists group, which became famous in 1997 through the legendary Sensation exhibition of works from Charles Saatchi’s collection. Quinn’s pioneering sculpture was Self, a frozen sculpture of his head, made with 4.5 litres of his own blood, extracted over five months. In 2005 his statue of Alison Lapper, a woman born with no arms and severely shortened legs, attracted much attention. The 15-ton marble statue, exhibited from 2005 until 2007 on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, was extremely controversial.

With his materials and techniques, Quinn – who studied history of art at Robinson College, Cambridge, in the early 1980s – challenges the boundaries between art and science. Besides using ice, glass, metal, marble and lead, he has experimented with flowers and plants frozen in silicon in order to conserve the beauty of their full bloom. Many of Quinn’s works are in the vanitas tradition, showing clear, concrete references to classic works of art history. (Source: Galleria Thaddaeus Ropac)


Upshot-Knothole Grable, 2012
Robot Made Sculpture ccn, White P Marble
180 x 150 x 150 cm


Featured Exhibitions:
Drawn from Life‘, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
‘Thames River Water’, Ivorypress, Madrid

‘Frozen Wave (The Conservation of Mass)’, Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

Frozen Waves, Broken Sublimes‘, Somerset House, London
The Toxic Sublime‘, White Cube, London
History Painting’, BOX, Berlin

Violence and Serenity’, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC), Málaga
The Sleep of Reason (Aklın Uykusu)’, ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul

Held by Desire’, White Cube, Hong Kong
Marc Quinn’, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio, Venice
Chelsea Flower Show’, London
All the Time in the World’, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Planet’, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (permanent installation)

London, 2012 Paralympics, centre sculpture in the Opening Ceremony, “Breath”
Marc Quinn: All of Nature Flows Through Us’, Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark
Brave New World‘, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Big Wheel Keeps on Turning (Марк Куинн «Большое колесо продолжает вращаться»)’, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
The Littoral Zone‘, Musée Océanographique de Monaco, Monaco

All of Nature Flows Through Us’, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway

’33°53’13’’N35°30’17’’E’, LAB Art, The Platinum Tower, Beirut
Allanah, Buck, Catman, Chelsea, Michael, Pamela and Thomas’, White Cube, London
‘Marc Quinn’, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Iris’, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Marc Quinn’, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas
Selfs‘, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Materialise, Dematerialise’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Carbon Cycle‘, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich
Myth’, Casa Giuleta, Verona

Marc Quinn: Evolution‘, White Cube, London
Before, Now and After’, Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris
Marc Quinn’, Gana Art Centre, Seoul
‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’, The Forum, Rome

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