Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and History of Art and subsequently worked as an assistant to the sculptor Barry Flanagan. He is one of the leading artists of his generation, with his sculptures, paintings and drawings exploring the relationship between art and science, the human body and the perception of beauty, among other things. Other key subjects include cycles of growth 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, both traditional and untraditional. The materiality of the object, in both its elemental composition and surface appearance, is at the heart of Quinn’s work.
It is in the shifting sands of the littoral zone that Marc Quinn has been making art for over two decades. In works involving his body and those of others, as well as an extraordinarily diverse array of media and materials, Quinn has simultaneously shocked and seduced us into asking questions about who we are as late modern people.
Marc speaks about his work Evolution, a major new installation featuring a series of nine monumental sculptures, in fleshy pink marble, which represent the growth of the human embryo and foetus during its gestation.