Viral Paintings (2020) are a visual diary of the Covid-19 pandemic, during which Quinn is spending lockdown in his London studio and producing a painting per day, depicting the latest news about the virus. Each artwork is taken from a screenshot of Quinn’s iPhone newsfeed, which is pigment-printed on canvas and overpainted in gestural splashes, pours and strokes. Retaining the images’ original proportions but enlarged to 240 x 110cm (8’0” x 3’7”), Viral Paintings communicate the way in which, for many people, this pandemic is largely experienced from home, via device screens. Certain works superimpose the artist’s FaceTime calls with family onto newspaper spreads, highlighting the significance of technology in a time of mandatory social distancing and noting the personal nature of this series.
New series Far but Near, Lockdown Irises premiered at Sotheby’s 2020 MayDay Charity Auction. The auction lots were in the form of online experiences and 100% of sale profits are being donated to help the International Rescue Committee mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus in vulnerable communities. The series is an evolution of Quinn’s renowned iris paintings, which are collectively titled We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars.
Premiering for the first time at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas are Quinn's Chaos Paintings. Created as an evolution of the artist's History Painting series, in which he appropriate images from the never-ending news cycles and social media, the Chaos Paintings demonstrate how these images populate our mind. By continuously adding splashes of paint and obscuring the original photorealist image, Quinn creates a compelling visual representation of the pervasive information overload and chaos of the 24-hour news cycle and how it affects us mentally and emotionally.
To coincide with the European elections over thirty leading contemporary artists, from all over Europe, united by donating artworks celebrating the European Union. The works were exhibited at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, from May 21-23 and then auctioned for charity auction on June 3 with all funds going to European cultural projects in the arts.
In March 2019 CAFA Art Museum will present Quinn's first solo museum exhibition in China. Curated by Wang Chunchen, 'Under the Skin' presents a selection of works that touch upon recurring themes of art and science; the human body; emotion; and the perception of beauty. These works have been drawn from across Quinn's 30-year career and from multiple series, exploring his enduring interest in identity.
From the author of 'Homo Deus' and 'Sapiens', Yuval Noah Harari’s new book '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' grapples with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend. Featured on the front cover is one of Quinn iris painting from the 'We Share of Chemistry With the Stars'.
Marc Quinn's first ever 'Self' sculpture is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition 'Like Life: Sculpture, Color and The Body'. Exhibited alongside well-known masterpieces by Donatello, El Greco, Canova and Rodin the exhibition examines over seven hundred years of sculptural practice from the fourteenth century to today.
'Self-Conscious Gene', a 3.5 metre bronze sculpture of ‘Zombie Boy’ by Marc Quinn, is to go on permanent display in the Science Museum’s new Medicine Galleries in autumn 2019. The Science Museum have commissioned Marc Quinn to make a monumental sculpture for their new Medicine Galleries, which will open in autumn 2019. The sculpture will greet visitors as they enter the Galleries, introducing the theme of ‘Medicine and the Bodies’.
On 12 October, 2017 the National Gallery Australia celebrated 35 years with Marc Quinn as its "Birthday Lecture" keynote speaker. In conversation with Kirsten Paisley, NGA Deputy Director the two discussed Quinn's practice and artistic examination of the body. With a focus on Quinn's iconic self-portrait Self, 2011, which is on view at the Museum's Hyper Real exhibition, the conversation explored the unique lens through which Self responds to the body, identity and the hyperrealism as an artform.
A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
Reinventing a classic from the Dior collection - the Lady Dior bags - Quinn transposes his hyper-realist oil paintings to Dior creations. Designs incorporate motifs from works including 'In the Night Garden', 'Fossil Record' and 'We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars'.
HUMAN REPRODUCTION at ART NEW YORK from 3RD - 8TH MAY. DANIEL ARSHAM, TANER CEYLAN, JAKE AND DINOS CHAPMAN, ZHANG HUAN, HENRY HUDSON, MARC QUINN and JASON SHULMAN. A curated selection of prints, limited edition sculptures and unique works on paper. Showcasing a new limited edition collagraph print from Marc Quinn's 'Toxic Sublime' series exclusively available at the fair during the launch week.
Held against the backdrop of the Hudson River at Pier 94, Art New York will be the first presentation of Human Reproduction works in the U.S.
Benefiting Dallas Contemporary and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation delivering vital HIV prevention messaging to a young international audience. Sarah Lucas / Cindy Sherman / Marc Quinn / Julian Schnabel / Jim Lambie / Daniel Arsham / Mat Collishaw / Michael Craig-Martin / Juergen Teller / Mario Testino...
Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton and Karl Lagerfeld sit for Marc Quinn to create a series of three of Quinn's unique iris portraits - 'We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars', featured in the September 2015 issue of Harper's Bazaar.