Marc Quinn



Marc Quinn


One of the key players in the British art boom of the 1990s, Quinn made his name with Self, a frozen sculpture of his own head, made with ten pints of his blood and exhibited in Saatchi’s renowned 1997 exhibition, Sensation (he now recasts his head at five-year intervals). His fourth plinth marble sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant was hailed as 'one of the most important art works of our time'. He continues to use his own body as a starting point, creating limp, latex versions, bronzes and photographs.


Did you know?

Self allegedly melted when builders creating a kitchen extension for Nigella Lawson (then partner to Saatchi) unplugged its refrigeration unit.

Country of Birth


Auction Record


Christies NYC, 'Myth Venus', 2014

Notable Collections

Tate Modern, London, UK

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

MoMA, New York, US

Science Museum, London, UK

Royal Academy, London, UK

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, CA

Notable Exhibitions

Our Blood, New York Public Library, New York, US, 2021

Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, UK, 2017

Marc Quinn: Frozen Waves, Broken Sublimes, Somerset House, London, UK, 2015

The Toxic Sublime, White Cube, Lonodn, UK, 2015

55th Venice Biennale, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, IT, 2013

Marc Quinn, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT, 2006

Marc Quinn, Tate, Liverpool, UK, 2002

Alison Lapper Pregnant, Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, UK, 2000

Exhibitions by Marc Quinn

Hang-Up Curates | Vol. II

Hang-Up Curates | Vol. II

Banksy, Bridget Riley, Derrick Adams, Grayson Perry, Harland Miller, Marc Quinn, Mario Testino, Tim Fishlock, Patrick Hughes,

12 Apr 2021 – 12 May 2021

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

Banksy, Dave White, Harland Miller, Katherine Bernhardt, KAWS, Marc Quinn, Nancy Fouts, The Connor Brothers,

29 Nov 2019 – 29 Jan 2020

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