Marc Quinn (British, b.1964) is a sculptor associated with the Young British Artists and best known for his self-portraits made from unconventional materials, such as blood, marble, lead, and glass. After working as an assistant to sculptor Barry Flanagan and studying history and art history at Robinson College, Cambridge University, Quinn began exhibiting at the White Cube gallery. In 1993, his work was part of the group exhibition The Saatchi Collection: Young British Artists II, organized by patron Charles Saatchi. For his series Self, begun in 1991 and re-made every five years, Quinn makes casts of his head using his own blood, documenting his physical transformation and questioning the notion of portraiture as representation of an inner self. Quinn’s other self-portraits include The Origin of the Species (1993), a cast of his head made of coconut milk, and Shit Head (1997), a cast of his head made from his own excrement. For his Complete Marbles series (1999–2001), Quinn made life-size portraits of people born without limbs, sculpted these works in Carrara marble, and exhibited them alongside plaster casts of Classical sculptures that had lost limbs due to age. One of Quinn’s most controversial works, Alison Lapper Pregnant (2000), which was part of the 2004 Fourth Plinth program in Trafalgar Square in London, is a larger-than-life-size portrait of a pregnant woman born with shortened legs and no arms. Quinn’s recent series of Flower Paintings, started in 2007, depicts tropical flowers and skulls in vibrant colors, referencing traditional memento mori still-lifes, and noting that these exotic plants are readily available in the present day. Quinn has exhibited his work at many important venues, including the Venice Biennale in 2003, the Tate Gallery in London, the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He currently lives and works in London.

Timeline

1964
Born in London, England
1985
Graduated, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
1988
Had first solo show
1992
Selected for the Sydney Biennial
1993
Represented at the Saatchi Gallery in Young British Artists II
2001
Awarded of a Recipient, the Royal Academy’s Charles Wollaston prize
Lives and works in London, England

Exhibitions

2013
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2013:
Marc Quinn, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy (solo exhibition)
All the Time in the World, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
2012
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2012:
The Big Wheel Keeps On Turning, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, Moscow, Russia (solo exhibition)
The Littoral Zone, Musée Océanographique de Monaco, Monaco (solo exhibition)
Brave New World, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo exhibition)
All of Nature Flows Through Us, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark (solo exhibition)
Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument, ICA, London, UK
Hope, To Tremble, To Love: Works from the DRAF Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK
To Be With Art Is All We Ask, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Sweden
AKA PEACE, ICA, London, UK
Self-Portraits, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Cool Britannia, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2011
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2011:
Penelope's Labour: Weaving Words & Images, Fundacio Cini, Venice, Italy
Metaphsical Landscapes, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland
All Nature Flows Through Us, Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway
2010
The Visceral Body, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2009
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2009:
Iris Paintings, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
Selfs 1991-2006, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
2008
Marc Quinn, Before, Now and After, Galerie Hopkins at FIAC Paris, France (solo)
2007
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2007:
DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, Montréal, Canada (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Scolacium Archaeological Park, Catanzaro, Italy (solo exhibition)
Sphinx, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
2006
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2006:
Hirst and his Contemporaries, Andipa Gallery, London, UK
Paintings, Emanuele Bonomi, Milan, Italy (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Recent Sculptures, Groningen Museum, The Netherlands (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Galerie Hopkins-Custot, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
Chemical Life Support, Millesgarden, Stockholm, Sweden (solo exhibition)
2005
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2005:
Marc Quinn, Galeria Guereta, Madrid (solo exhibition)
Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London (solo exhibition)
Chemical Life Support, White Cube, London (solo exhibition)
Flesh, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (solo exhibition)
2004
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2004:
The Incredible World of Desire, IBM Building, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Somerset, UK (solo exhibition)
The Overwhelming World of Desire (Paphiopedilum Winston Churchill Hybrid) , Tate Britain, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Flesh, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Ireland (solo exhibition)
The Complete Marbles, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
2003
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2003:
The Overwhelming World of Desire (Phragmipedium Sedenii) , Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (solo exhibition)
Mirror, A Delta Axis Initiative, Power House, Memphis, TN, USA (solo exhibition)
The Overwhelming World of Desire (Paphiopedilum Winston Churchill Hybrid) , Goodwood Sculpture Park, West Sussex, UK (solo exhibition)
2002
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2002:
Behind the Mask: Portraits, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK (solo exhibition)
1+1=3 (Rainbow Sculpture) , Cammell Laird Ship Yard, Liverpool, UK (solo exhibition)
Italian Landscapes from Garden 2000, Terrace Gallery Harewood, Leeds, UK (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (solo exhibition)
2001
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2001:
A Genomic Portrait. John Sulston by Marc Quinn, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Italian Landscape, Habitat, London, UK (solo exhibition)
2000
Marc Quinn Exhibitions in 2000:
Still Life, White Cube, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands (solo exhibition)
Marc Quinn, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (solo exhibition)
1999
Marc Quinn, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (solo)
1999
Marc Quinn. Drawings, Sala Amárica-Amarica Aretoa, Victoria (solo)
1998
Incarnate, Gagosian Gallery, New York (solo)
1998
Marc Quinn, South London Gallery, London (solo)
1997
Infra-slim Spaces, Invisible Museum, SCCA, Kiev (solo)
1995
The Blind Leading the Blind, Jay Jopling/White Cube, London (solo)
1995
Emotional Detox: The Seven Deadly Sins. Art Now, Tate Gallery, London (solo)
1994
Marc Quinn, Jay Jopling/Art Hotel, Amsterdam (solo)
1993
Marc Quinn, Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens (solo)
1991
Out of Time, Jay Jopling/Grob Gallery, London (solo)
1990
Bread Sculpture, Galerie Marquardt, Paris (solo)
1990
Bread Sculpture, Middendorf Gallery, Washington (solo)
1988
Bronze Sculpture, Jay Jopling/Otis Gallery, London (solo)