This piece is from Marc Quinn’s Labyrinth series, which he began in 2011. The collection focuses on the unique patterns of human fingerprints and their role in our super-surveillance culture as the key to our identity.
The Labyrinth series is further proof of Quinn’s fascination with the human body, and of creating portraits of people that go way beyond just images of the subject. Other examples include his Iris works, his ground-breaking Self piece, which involved him casting a sculpture of his head in his own blood, and his DNA series, featuring images of his subjects’ DNA.
Quinn has used oil, acrylic and silicon to carefully craft the contours that make up the human thumb print. The piece it is part of a limited edition of 20, signed by the artist.
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Medium: Pigment Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 20
Size (cm): 92.3 x 140
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About the artist
One of the leading artists of his generation, Marc Quinn graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and History of Art before switching track to contemporary visual art in the 1990s.
Working across sculpture, painting, and drawing, Quinn incorporates a broad range of materials through both traditional and modern techniques. With his critical background, Quinn suffuses every work with a sense of the profound, tackling questions of the human condition through a contemplation of science and astrology.
Well-known artworks include the sculpture of the artist’s head, cast from his own frozen blood, and his depiction of the artist Alison Lapper on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in 2005. In 2001, Quinn also won The Royal Academy of Art’s Charles Wollaston Award for Catherine Long, a sculptural nude in white marble.