Marc Quinn, ‘Psychopsis Krameriana Nurseries’, 2011, Andipa

Marc Quinn’s 'Flowers' series has its roots in 2007. To Quinn, they represent a reflection on human desire, and the possibility of pushing the limits of nature, as flowers from different seasons are available at all times, since they can be flown in from around the world. Accordingly, pairings can often result in contrasts between the natural (the plant itself) and the unnatural (their simultaneous availability).

'Psychopsis Krameriana Nurseries' exemplifies the sensuality of flowers, a leading theme in Quinn’s work: its vivid colours and hyperrealist style, combined with the use of subjects such as Orchids, which Quinn describes as 'sculptural' and 'pornographic', allows the artist to produce a complex depiction of the triumph of nature over the artificial.

About Marc Quinn

Young British Artist Marc Quinn creates provocative sculptural portraits composed of organic materials, such as in his ongoing series of “Blood Head” self portraits, in which a cast of his head is made with over nine pints of his own frozen blood. Quinn also fabricates sculptures using more traditional media such as bronze, often depicting contorted bodies or people with unusual physical characteristics—amputees, or those who have undergone sex-change surgery. Quinn has also examined the implications of genetic modification and scientific advancement. His 2001 work DNA Garden features the DNA of 75 plant species and two humans, re-staging the conditions of the Garden of Eden through scientific means.

British, b. 1964, London, United Kingdom