India solo exhibition for British artist Marc Quinn in 2013

New Delhi: Contemporary British artist Marc Quinn known for his eye-popping artworks fashioned out of blood, scans of human embryos as well as life-sized statues, is now preparing for an exhibition in the country in 2013.

"I am working on a new series of shells. I have taken 3D scans of the shells and printed them in a 3D format. It will be cast in bronze and polished from inside," says Quinn who has visited India countless times and was in the capital to attend the just concluded India Art Fair.

The sea shells would be part of the first solo exhibition here of the artist who says has been visiting India for many years now. The exhibition organised by the British Council is scheduled to be held next year.

Quinn, who refers to traditional art such as landscape and still life, had in the past created lifesized bronze sculptures of Moss in yoga poses inspired by the Nataraja sculpture of the Chola art period.

Quinn`s ongoing exhibition "Matter into Light" on display from January till April 29 this year at the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Denmark has also been inspired by his visit to India.

The solo exhibition includes a skull surrounded by voluptuous flowers and skeletons cast in bronze with fire around it seeming to depict Quinn`s favourite themes such as death, beauty and sexuality.

"The skeleton sitting in the funeral pyre seems to give a sense of how energy transforms itself. I have been to Varanasi and the whole cycle of life process, cremation ceremony seems so natural ...unlike in the west where you die and your bodies are buried and hidden," says Quinn.


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