LONDON.- Avant Arte
announces two exclusive new Limited Edition prints by the internationally acclaimed British artist Marc Quinn, created in collaboration with Coriander Studio. Based on two works from the artists Iris series, Chromosphere and Heliosphere are produced as a limited run of 75, set to go on sale via Avant Arte at 6pm (GMT) on Wednesday 19th of September.
Described by Quinn as stealth portraits, the Iris paintings reflect on the dominance of the visual in the age of the internet, and its effects on our perception of the world. Quinn depicts the iris at close range, in a photorealist, non-expressive way on a round canvas. The eye is enlarged so that it appears virtually abstract and the pupil appears like an aperture or hole in the centre of a fine, detailed network of colourful lines. The eye, often seen as a mirror of the soul, becomes a kind of microscopic map of an individual's identity, unique to that person.
The result of a seven-month process, and the only limited editions currently being produced on round paper from the Iris series, the release of these special prints marks a significant step in Avant Artes ambition to make art available to a wider global audience and to inspire the next generation of collectors.
"The etymology of 'iris' is derived from the Greek word for 'rainbow'. In the colours, even in quite subtle, dark colours, there is a kind of celebration of individuality. In the middle you have that black hole of the pupil and all of the mystery and uncertainty of life - Marc Quinn
Marc Quinn (b. 1964) is a British contemporary visual artist whose work includes sculpture, installation and painting. His work addresses what it is to be a person living in the world whether it concerns Mans relationship with nature and how that is mediated by human desire; or what identity and beauty mean and why people are compelled to transform theirs; or representing current, social history in his work. He is concerned with connecting frequently and meaningfully with art history, from Modern masters right back to antiquity.