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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

United Kingdom • Born in: 1965

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He is often called the "bad boy" of British contemporary art: the works of Damien Hirst, true icons of the beginning of the 21st century, have left their mark on the collective mind. 

Damien Steven Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, England and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London where he started working in construction. He studied at the Leeds College of Art between 1983 and 1985. He was not admitted at the Saint Martins School of Art, but in 1986 he was admitted at Goldsmiths College of Art where he studied until 1989, with professor Michael Craig-Martin among others. 

Damien Hirst began to think about the "unacceptable idea of death" during his teenage years. At Goldsmiths he started some of his most important series, such as the medicine cabinets. His observation that "science is the new religion for many people", is an idea that will be very present in his work. 

In 1988 Damien Hirst organized the famous "Freeze" exhibition at the London Docks with other students, an event that marked the beginning of the group later called the Young British Artists and the beginning of his own artistic career. It was on this occasion that he painted his first "Spot paintings" on the walls. In 2012, 11 of the Gagosian galleries around the world hold exhibitions showcasing only "spot paintings", materializing a "perverse and megalomaniacal" idea of the artist.

In 1991 he started his famous series "Natural History". With the financial support of Charles Saatchi, he produced "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living", a glass box in which a tiger shark was exhibited, submerged in formaldehyde. The work is one of the artist's most famous ones, and an icon of 1990's art.

In the 2000s, he continued to explore important themes such as love, religion, death, beauty and science. In 2007 he exhibited the spectacular work "For the Love of God", a platinum cast of a human skull, set with 8601 diamonds, but with the original teeth. In 2008, when the markets collapsed, he organized an auction of his works at Sotheby's that brought in over $200 million.

In 2012, Tate Modern held a retrospective of Damien Hirst's work. In 2017, with the support of the Pinault Foundation, he exhibited in Venice, in several places, "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable", a huge show of works produced between 2008 and 2016, which cost more than 50 million pounds.

In 1995 Damien Hirst received the prestigious Turner Prize. He lives and works between London, Gloucestershire and Devon.

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Damien Hirst, The currency: 6274. nobody should hear it, Painting

Damien Hirst

The currency: 6274. nobody should hear it, 2016 21.5 x 30 cm Painting

$31,309

Damien Hirst, The Empresses H10-3 Theodora, Print

Damien Hirst

The Empresses H10-3 Theodora, 2022 100 x 100 cm Print

$9,938

Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000 7 x 45.1 x 7 cm Sculpture

$7,500

Damien Hirst, An incongruous destiny (The Currency - 7491), Print

Damien Hirst

An incongruous destiny (The Currency - 7491), 2021 20 x 30 cm Print

$25,002

Damien Hirst, Any Chance I can get (The Currency - 9231), Print

Damien Hirst

Any Chance I can get (The Currency - 9231), 2021 20 x 30 cm Print

$25,002

Damien Hirst, The Empresses H10-5 Taytu Betul, Print

Damien Hirst

The Empresses H10-5 Taytu Betul, 2022 100 x 100 cm Print

$9,938

Damien Hirst, The Empresses H10-1 Wu Zetian, Print

Damien Hirst

The Empresses H10-1 Wu Zetian, 2022 100 x 100 cm Print

$9,938

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Ferric Ammonium Citrate, Print

Damien Hirst

Ferric Ammonium Citrate, 2011 15.5 x 38.5 cm Print

$8,438

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, The Currency 1781- You don’t go all summer long, Painting

Damien Hirst

The Currency 1781- You don’t go all summer long, 2016 20 x 30 cm Painting

$78,535

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Cafe Royal, Print

Damien Hirst

Cafe Royal, 2018 90 x 90 cm Print

$20,001

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Quinizarian, Print

Damien Hirst

Quinizarian, 2011 20.6 x 50.8 x 0.1 cm Print

$12,188

Damien Hirst, H9-3 Mercy, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-3 Mercy, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$35,000

Damien Hirst, H9-4 Politeness, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-4 Politeness, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$35,000

Damien Hirst, H9-5 Honesty, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-5 Honesty, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$35,000

Damien Hirst, H9-8 Control, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-8 Control, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$36,500

Damien Hirst, H9-1 Justice, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-1 Justice, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$36,500

Damien Hirst, Savoy, Print

Damien Hirst

Savoy, 2018 90 x 90 cm Print

$12,495

Damien Hirst, Carbonyl Iron, Print

Damien Hirst

Carbonyl Iron, 2011 61 x 61 x 0.1 cm Print

$21,877

Damien Hirst, H9-7 Loyalty, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-7 Loyalty, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$35,500

Damien Hirst, H9-2 Courage, Print

Damien Hirst

H9-2 Courage, 2021 120 x 95.9 x 2.5 cm Print

$36,500

Damien Hirst, Forever (Large), Print

Damien Hirst

Forever (Large), 2020 78.1 x 78.1 x 2.5 cm Print

$6,500

Damien Hirst, Plaza, Print

Damien Hirst

Plaza, 2018 90 x 90 cm Print

$17,439

Damien Hirst, Colour Chart H-2, Print

Damien Hirst

Colour Chart H-2, 2017 80 x 166 cm Print

$10,471

Damien Hirst, H10-4 Suiko (The Empresses), Print

Damien Hirst

H10-4 Suiko (The Empresses), 2022 100 x 100 x 1 cm Print

$8,377

Damien Hirst, H10-5 Taytu Betul, Print

Damien Hirst

H10-5 Taytu Betul, 2022 100 x 100 x 4 cm Print

$10,995

Damien Hirst, Self portrait X-RAY, Print

Damien Hirst

Self portrait X-RAY, 2010 21.5 x 25.5 cm Print

$576

Damien Hirst, The Empresses : H10-1 Wu Zetian, Print

Damien Hirst

The Empresses : H10-1 Wu Zetian, 2021 100 x 100 x 1 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, The empresses : H10-2 Nur Jahan, Print

Damien Hirst

The empresses : H10-2 Nur Jahan, 2021 100 x 100 x 1 cm Print

Price upon request

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Honour, Print

Damien Hirst

Honour, 2021 120 x 96 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, The Virtues - Loyalty, Print

Damien Hirst

The Virtues - Loyalty, 2021 120 x 96 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, The Virtues - Honesty, Print

Damien Hirst

The Virtues - Honesty, 2021 120 x 96 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, Justice, Print

Damien Hirst

Justice, 2021 120 x 96.5 x 2.5 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, Loyalty, Print

Damien Hirst

Loyalty, 2021 120 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm Print

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Damien Hirst, The Elements: Air, Print

Damien Hirst

The Elements: Air, 2020 99.7 x 99.7 cm Print

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Who is the artist?

He is often called the "bad boy" of British contemporary art: the works of Damien Hirst, true icons of the beginning of the 21st century, have left their mark on the collective mind. 

Damien Steven Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, England and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London where he started working in construction. He studied at the Leeds College of Art between 1983 and 1985. He was not admitted at the Saint Martins School of Art, but in 1986 he was admitted at Goldsmiths College of Art where he studied until 1989, with professor Michael Craig-Martin among others. 

Damien Hirst began to think about the "unacceptable idea of death" during his teenage years. At Goldsmiths he started some of his most important series, such as the medicine cabinets. His observation that "science is the new religion for many people", is an idea that will be very present in his work. 

In 1988 Damien Hirst organized the famous "Freeze" exhibition at the London Docks with other students, an event that marked the beginning of the group later called the Young British Artists and the beginning of his own artistic career. It was on this occasion that he painted his first "Spot paintings" on the walls. In 2012, 11 of the Gagosian galleries around the world hold exhibitions showcasing only "spot paintings", materializing a "perverse and megalomaniacal" idea of the artist.

In 1991 he started his famous series "Natural History". With the financial support of Charles Saatchi, he produced "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living", a glass box in which a tiger shark was exhibited, submerged in formaldehyde. The work is one of the artist's most famous ones, and an icon of 1990's art.

In the 2000s, he continued to explore important themes such as love, religion, death, beauty and science. In 2007 he exhibited the spectacular work "For the Love of God", a platinum cast of a human skull, set with 8601 diamonds, but with the original teeth. In 2008, when the markets collapsed, he organized an auction of his works at Sotheby's that brought in over $200 million.

In 2012, Tate Modern held a retrospective of Damien Hirst's work. In 2017, with the support of the Pinault Foundation, he exhibited in Venice, in several places, "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable", a huge show of works produced between 2008 and 2016, which cost more than 50 million pounds.

In 1995 Damien Hirst received the prestigious Turner Prize. He lives and works between London, Gloucestershire and Devon.

What is Damien Hirst’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Provocative Artists, Young British Artists (YBAs)

When was Damien Hirst born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1965