The expressive recreation of human hands, the universal characteristics and ideals of love and relationships are ever present in Quinn’s body of work. ‘I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body. The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy,’ he asserts. However the exhibition also shows the artist departing from interdependence and in doing so, allows for a focus on individuality too.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to view some of Quinn’s most powerful pieces – an artist whose major worldwide commissions include his iconic sculpture Rise Through Education in Doha, Qatar (2005), Leap of Faith in St Petersburg, Russia (2011), Hand of God in Mumbai, India (2015) as well as a number of public installations in the United Kingdom including The Tree of Life in St Martin’s Church, Birmingham (2005), Force of Nature II in Berkeley Square, London (2011) and Would You Catch Me If I Fall? in Park Lane, London (2015).
Quinn’s intimate pieces are the means by which he communicates his universal messages to viewers. Mature in style and demonstrative of his visceral empathy and technical accomplishment, the upcoming exhibition represents the many aspects of Quinn as a leading figurative sculptor – an impressive culmination of the artist’s legacy which also hints at his future trajectory.