Marc Quinn (British, born 1964) is one of the leading artists of his generation. His sculptures, paintings and drawings explore the relationship between art and science; humans and nature; and the human body and the perception of beauty. His work connects frequently and meaningfully with art history, from modern masters right back to antiquity. Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture Self (1991), a cast of the artist’s head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood. Other critically-acclaimed works include Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), exhibited on the Fourth Plinth of London’s Trafalgar Square; Planet (2008), a monumental rendition of the artist’s son as a baby, permanently installed in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore; Breath (2012), a colossal replica of Alison Lapper Pregnant commissioned for the 2012 London Paralympics opening ceremony; and Self Conscious Gene (2019) a 3.5 metre bronze sculpture of ‘Zombie Boy’ Rick Genest, now on permanent display at the Science Museum, London.
Quinn’s work is included in collections around the world, including Tate, London (UK), Metropolitan Museum New York (USA), Guggenheim, Venice (Italy), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (France).