Heart and Soul

by Lorenzo Quinn

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DIMENSIONS: 28.3 x 22.8 x 17.7 inches (72 x 58 x 45 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Lorenzo’ and numbered ‘2/9’
MEDIUM: Bronze and composite

This captivating free-standing sculpture by the artist Lorenzo Quinn stems from two arms and explodes into a series of hands, twisting and writhing.

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    Quinn has exhibited his sculptures throughout England, the United States, Singapore, and Monaco to name a few. He famously created the giant hands stretching out of the waters to climb the corner of a building for the 2017 Venice Biennale. He is able to appreciate and capture complex and expressive communication through human hands, and uses them to tell a story. There is something ethereal and intimate in nature about Heart & Soul. It is incredibly detailed and dynamic despite the heavy, static material Quinn has used.

    As Quinn himself states, ‘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.’

    Halcyon Gallery, 2004

    Private Collection, United Kingdom

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    ‘Born on 7th May 1966 in Rome to the Oscar Award winning Mexican American actor Anthony Quinn and his second wife, costume designer Iolanda Addolori, Quinn’s childhood was split between Italy and the United States. His father had a profound influence on him, both in terms of living in the limelight of the film world and with respect to Anthony’s early work in painting and sculpting architecture.

    Quinn studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York, planning to be a Surrealist painter.  However, aged 21 he decided that his future lay in sculpture, which could better accommodate his energy and originality. He vividly recalls the moment in 1989 when he felt that he had created his first genuine work of art: ‘I had made a torso from Michelangelo’s drawing of Adam… an artisan’s job … I had an idea and began chiselling away, and Eve came out of Adam’s body… It had started as a purely academic exercise, yet it had become an artwork.’

    In 1988 Quinn married Giovanna Cicutto, and on the birth of the first of their three sons they decided to leave New York – a place that ‘hardens your human values’ – and settle in Spain. ‘We chose Spain for its Latin character, its fervour and values of people and family, and for its great artistic trajectory’, he explains.

    In his twenties Quinn enjoyed a brief acting career, including playing alongside his father in Stradivari (1989),  and also giving an acclaimed performance as Salvador Dalí.  However, he did not enjoy working in the acting profession and decided to concentrate purely on sculpture.

    Quinn’s creative ideas spark quickly into life: ‘The inspiration comes within a millisecond’, he says, as he is driven to sculpt by observing life’s everyday energy. Yet a finished project takes months to realise, and it has to carry a clear meaning. Quinn usually conceives each work in writing, and the poetic text is ultimately displayed with the sculpture, as an integral part of the piece, not merely as an explanation.

    Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and has been exhibited internationally throughout the past two decades. Among his commissions is the Tree of Life, produced for the United Nations and issued by the organisation as a stamp in 1993.  The follolwing year the Vatican engaged him to sculpt a likeness of St Anthony for the Basilica del Santo in Padua, in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the saint’s birth; the sculpture was blessed by the pope in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in front of a crowd of 35,000.’

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