Marc 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. Quinn was the first artist represented by Jay Jopling and his work went on to be exhibited alongside other YBA artists at Charles Saachi’s 1997 exhibition Sensation. Other critically acclaimed works include Siren (2008) a solid gold sculpture of the model Kate Moss that was on display at The British Museum and Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), a fifteen-ton marble statue of Alison Lapper, a pregnant disabled woman – exhibited on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square in London.
Marc Quinn’s sculptures, paintings and drawings delve into relationships between art and science, the human body and the perception of beauty. This often serves to highlight the conflict between the “natural” and “cultural” and how these ideas are conceptualised in contemporary thought. Other key subjects include cycles of growth, nature and evolution through topical issues such as genetics and the manipulation of DNA, as well as issues of life and death and identity. Quinn’s work uses a broad range of materials including tradional and the most modern of practice from Traditional marble sculpture to 3D scanning.