White Orchid By Marc Quinnfrom Marc Quinn
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Contemporary artist Marc Quinn is one of the leading names of the twenty-first century British art scene. Famous for casting his head in ten pints of his own frozen blood, and for crowning Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth with the exceptional marble sculpture of artist Alison Lapper, Quinn has been a rising star of the art world since the 1990s, producing an extensive and distinctive oeuvre like no other. With a penchant for humanity's darker side and a tendency toward the existential, Quinn creates an art that thinks, always probing life's big questions through an aesthetic which is captivating. 'White Orchid' is a print from Quinn's series of flower paintings, for which he has employed the Duchampian readymade model, his found 'object' taking the form of an exquisite orchid. There is a blunt simplicity to the image: the head of the majestic, white orchid, printed onto a white square, its soft petals creating their own composition with a beautiful kernel of deep pink at its centre. Quinn has simply translated the power of the nature to the canvas - nothing more is needed - in a celebration of the intense beauty and splendour of the world around us.