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Marc Quinn and Figurative Sculpture

About the Artist

Marc Quinn has created some of the most innovative and challenging pieces of art in the last ten years. Through a diverse range of media he explores ideas around beauty, mortality, science and the human body.
 
Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964, and studied History and Art History at Cambridge University. He began working as a sculptor in 1984 and first came to prominence in the 1990s when he exhibited Self, a cast of his head made from his own frozen blood.
 

Quinn focuses on the body as his primary source:

'…the self is what one knows best and least at the same time … casting the body gives one an opportunity to "see" the self'.

Marc Quinn

 
Critical acclaim both at home and abroad has ensured that Quinn’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions around the world. Show such as the Sydney Biennale in 1992, the Saatchi Gallery ‘Young British Artists 2’ in 1993 and the Royal Academy of Arts ‘Sensation’ in 1997 helped to enhance his growing reputation.
 
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