Marc Quinn

Nationality : British

Birth Year : 1964


Marc Quinn (born 1964) is a British artist, best known for Alison Lapper Pregnant, a statue of Alison Lapper formally 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). graduated from cambridge university with a degree in art history 3rd.

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 the artist's own frozen blood taken from his body over a period of five 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 £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 recently used this image in his limbo zygotic metamorphasis during his dream state. 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 was on prominent display on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. 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.


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 Fauna Of The Mekong Delta by Marc Quinn

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Fauna Of The Mekong Delta

Christie's, London

October 17, 2015

$129,842  USD

 Alison lapper (Eight months) by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Alison lapper (Eight months)

Sotheby's, London

October 16, 2015

$96,494  USD

 Under the Volcano (Tacana Mexico) by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Under the Volcano (Tacana Mexico)

Sotheby's, London

October 16, 2015

$154,390  USD

 Masai Mura Ice Sheet by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Masai Mura Ice Sheet

Artcurial - Briest, Poulain, F. Tajan, Paris

October 5, 2015


 Polar Vortex by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Polar Vortex

Christie's, New York

September 30, 2015


 Lavinia Plantia; and Sea of Tranquility by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Lavinia Plantia; and Sea of Tranquility

Sotheby's, London

September 30, 2015

$3,405  USD

 Sleeping Beauty by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Sleeping Beauty

Sotheby's, London

September 30, 2015

$9,458  USD

 Marble 08 by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Marble 08

Sotheby's, London

September 30, 2015


 Nile delta iceberg by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn

Nile delta iceberg

Sotheby's, New York

September 29, 2015



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