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Monday, 25 June, 2001, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Sculptor scoops Royal Academy prize
Upper section of Marc Quinn's marble sculpture Catherine Long
Winner: Marc Quinn's marble sculpture Catherine Long
Sculptor Marc Quinn, whose past works include a self-portrait made from his own blood, has won this year's Wollaston Award, for the "most distinguished work" at London's Royal Academy Summer exhibition.

Quinn won the 25,000 prize for his marble sculpture Catherine Long.

The Wollaston Award is one of the largest art prizes in the UK and this year's shortlist was drawn from the 1,180 works on display at the show, including pieces by Bridget Riley, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Anthony Caro, Nicole Farhi, Tracey Emin and Tom Morris.

The shortlist of three works included Richard Serra's Huddie Leadbelly and Frederick Gore's Naked at the Feast.

Naked at the Feast by Frederick Gore
Shortlist: Frederick Gore's oil on canvas, Naked at the Feast

Quinn uses the human body as his primary subject. Sometimes it is the actual material from which his figures are made.

One of his best known works - Self - is the cast of his head created from his own blood and kept in a refrigeration unit.

Lost limbs

Quinn's sculpture Catherine Long is part of a series which comprises nude, life-size marble portraits of four men and four women deprived of one or more limbs as a result of birth, illness or accident.

Although the figures recall classical sculptures that have lost limbs, Quinn's use of the sitters' names emphasises that these sculptures represent individuals and not mythological figures.

Quinn, 37, was born in London in 1964. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1985 and has shown widely in Britain, Europe and the United States.

His work is in the collections of Tate, London, Pompidou Centre, Paris and Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was commissioned to create a new work for the Science Museum's Wellcome Wing as part of their arts commissioning programme. He currently lives and works in London.

This year's Summer Exhibition was curated by British pop artist Peter Blake, best known for designing the cover for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album.

Huddie Leadbelly by Richard Serra
Shortlist: Richard Serra's paintstick on canvas Huddie Leadbelly
Blake controversially asked a group of prominent non-Academy artists like Emin, Riley and McCartney to take part in the show.

The judges for this year's Wollaston Award were artists Fred Cuming and Richard Deacon, Catherine Lampert - the outgoing director of The WhiteChapel Gallery - and Christopher Lloyd, surveyor of the Queen's Pictures.

The Wollaston award was set up in 1978 with a donation from Charles Wollaston, who was a lecturer in art and an enthusiastic supporter of the RA.

Previous winners include David Hockney, John Hoyland and RB Kitaj.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs at the Royal Academy, London, from 5 June to 13 August.

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