Marc Quinn is a contemporary British artist known as one of the Young British Artists, a group that emerged in London in the late 1980s to become among the most successful artists of their generation.
Quinn is known for his explorations of the human form through surreal imagery and unconventional materials, such as his self-portrait series Self (1991–present), which consists of sculptural busts made from the artist’s own frozen blood.
One of his most famous projects was the public installation of Alison Lapper Pregnant, a monumental marble sculpture of a woman born without arms and with shortened legs. The heavily pregnant figure occupied the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2007, inciting both curiosity and notoriety within and outside the art world.
Quinn was born on January 8, 1964 in London, England and graduated from Robinson College in Cambridge with a degree in the history of art in 1985. He went on to work as an assistant to the sculptor Barry Flanagan before exhibiting his own work in the early 1990s.
Quinn was the first artist to be shown by renowned dealer Jay Jopling, and his work was included in the landmark 1993 Charles Saatchi show, “Sensation.”
Since then, he has exhibited at institutions worldwide including the 2003 Venice Biennale, the Tate Gallery in London, the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He lives and works in London, England.