The artist establishes a close relationship with his sitters, in this case Matt Fraser and Catherine Long which lends the work a penetrating perceptiveness.

Quinn was inspired by classical sculptures in the British Museum, contemplating the differences between the reactions people have to a sculpture without limbs and seeing a person missing an arm or a leg. Quinn's use of this almost luminous superwhite marble highlights his subversion of the heroic and the beautiful even further.


White Cube.

Museums Sheffield: Graves Gallery

Surrey Street, (Above The Central Library), Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1XZ
0114 278 2600

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Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 11am ​– 4pm Wed,1pm – 6pm Closed Sun, Mon and Bank Holidays

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