British artist, born in London in 1964, graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. Often mentioned in conjunction with Damien Hirst as a founder of the British contemporary art movement.

Quinn achieved widespread recognition with his sculpture entitled 'Self' in 1991. 'Self' was a sculpture of Quinn's own head that he carved out of 4.5 litres of frozen blood mixed with antibiotics and anticoagulants. This blood was extracted over a five month period from Quinn's own body. 4.5 litres is approximately the volume of blood in a male of Quinn's age and build.

Shows to date (circa 2001):

A good collection of Marc Quinn resources on the web can be found at http://www.catharton.com/artists/436.htm


On a personal note, I believe that chiseling a sculpture of your own head out of your own blood is one of the most hardcore acts I have ever heard of a sculptor performing. If you are looking for a way to tell the world that you are a very very serious person, the bar has been raised...

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