It’s incredible how these detailed eyeball artworks are actually oil paintings instead of photographies by Marc Quinn.
They are the proof of the artist’s talent and skills that made him one of the most known artists nowadays. Quinn’s work “meditates on our attempts to understand or overcome the transience of human life through scientific knowledge and artistic expression.” The title of the series, titled “We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars,” appears to look more like space and galaxies than people’s eyes, drawing on the idea of our eyes being windows to the world.
The paintings look so natural that at first glance they appear to be photographs. The eyes may first appear to be symmetrical, but look a little closer and you’ll see that they all have certain artifacts and subtleties that make them quite unique. Quinn’s work is mesmerizing due to his amazing ability to bring out all the fibers and intricacies of the eye, converting them into something bigger than the world itself.
The Iris paintings reflect the fact that, in the age of the internet, the visual sense dominates our perception of the world. The eye is traditionally seen as a mirror of the soul but it is also a kind of microscopic map of an individual’s identity, since each person’s is unique. In these works, Quinn depicts an 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 a aperture or hole in the centre of a fine, detailed network of colourful lines.