Marc Quinn is a British artist associated with the Young British Artists group that began exhibiting together in the late 1980s. His works have included various paintings, installations, sculptures, and drawings. Quinn in known for using various mediums, including bronze, ice, silicone, blood, marble, glass, and lead in his works, and has created several controversial pieces for display, including his famous sculpture of pregnant artist Alison Lapper, which was displayed at Trafalgar Square. His work frequently explores dualities in human life and the mutability of the body. In his works, he has used public figures as subjects to explore how the body comes to define a person. Subjects for his work have included supermodel Kate Moss, Pamela Anderson, Michael Jackson, and Thomas Beatie, also known as the Pregnant Man.
Marc Quinn’s work is often time controversial and elicits strong reactions. Art critics have both praised his innovative thinking, while others have labeled him merely a “shock artist.” Although his work can be shocking, Quinn doesn’t consider himself a shock artist, but instead hopes to point out the reality of our existence with his work. Quinn is a graduate of Robinson College at Cambridge, and continues to live and work in London. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the world. His large sculpture, ‘Planet,’ has recently been donated to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay for permanent display. For more information on Marc Quinn, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.
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