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Inspired by Damien Hirst

Born in 1965 in Bristol, Damien Hirst is a preeminent figure of the contemporary art scene. He studied fine arts at Goldsmiths College in London and started working as a sculptor and an art curator in the late 1980s. He was instrumental in the Young British Artists movement. His artistic career took off when he won the Turner Prize in 1995, one of the highest distinctions in contemporary art. His aesthetic is sometimes described as “morbid," which does not come as a surprise as the artist has himself stated that the theme of death is central to his work. His installations often explore the relationships between art, life, and death, and are exhibited in the most renowned galleries and museums. 

Drawing his inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's readymade art, Hirst works with “real life" items such as ashtrays, medications, and above all, animals. One of his most famous and most talked about artworks are his dead animal installations, especially The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, in which a 14-meter tiger shark is conserved in formaldehyde. Hirst has repeated this format with several other animals  (a pig, cow, sheep…) Their bodies are preserved, and sometimes dissected, in formaldehyde and exhibited in monumental “aquariums." These artworks have been critiqued by those who view the works as immoral and unethical. The discourse around Damien Hirst's art practice is at times similar to the questions being raised about Jeff Koon's approach to art: are these men artistic geniuses or are they highly skilled marketers? Probably a little bit of both, but whatever the answer may be it is undeniable that Hirst has revolutionised artistic creation in the contemporary art world. 

Charles Saatchi was one of the first influential personalities in the art world to recognise Hirst's creative talent, and became his patron in the 1990s, after being astonished by his “animal installation." The famous collector then funded and curated the first Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Frictions between the two figures put an end to their relationship, but Hirst's artwork found support with the famous art dea ler Larry Gagosian, who was enthralled by the work of the conceptual artist and exhibited his work at Gagosian gallery. His work also seems to have sparked a genuine interest within the wider art public, who are willing to spend upwards of several thousands buying his creations auctions. He famously organised an entire auction with Sotheby's comprising of 223 new works. Despite the auction being held on the day of the Lehman Brothers' crash, all the artworks were sold by the end of the night, for a total $198 million.

Hirst is himself a great art collector and has curated exhibitions of his own art collection, known as the “murderme" collection, at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Hirst has accumulated an impressive catalogue of painting, sculptures, drawings by masters of contemporary and modern art. He owns works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, Francis Bacon, Richard Prince and Tracey Emin. 

In this selection, dive into the universe of diamond skulls and butterflies and discover works by emerging contemporary artists inspired by the great master of controversial art. 

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Juliette Clovis, Izanami, Sculpture

Juliette Clovis

Izanami, 2017
13.4 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 8,408

Juliette Clovis, Syriacus, Painting

Juliette Clovis

Syriacus, 2015
25.6 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,805

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Butinage, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Butinage, 2017
38.2 x 51.2 x 0 inch
Print

$ 3,682

Philippe Mayaux, Résistance, Print

Philippe Mayaux

Résistance, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 184

Giles Daoust, Butterflies, Photography

Giles Daoust

Butterflies, 2013
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,399

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Damien Hirst, Painting

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Damien Hirst, 2019
22 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$ 368

Gaspard Mitz, Self Sabotage, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Self Sabotage, 2015
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 798

Alexandre Nicolas, Vanité, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Vanité, 2012
13.8 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$ 19,639

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C, Vanité 2, Painting

James Cochran a.k.a. Jimmy C

Vanité 2, 2016
7.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$ 859

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier vanité, 2016
12.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 30,685

Nash, Jaune, Painting

Nash

Jaune, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 98

Guillaume Piot, Cochon, Print

Guillaume Piot

Cochon, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 110

Yions Schwenke, Nei, Photography

Yions Schwenke

Nei, 2015
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 4,910

Pierre Williams, Vineyard/Army Skull, Sculpture

Pierre Williams

Vineyard/Army Skull, 2018
7.1 x 4.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 673

NooN, Skull Chrome Yellow, Sculpture

NooN

Skull Chrome Yellow, 2018
5.1 x 7.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,105

NooN, Coffret 5 Skulls Chrome, Sculpture

NooN

Coffret 5 Skulls Chrome, 2018
5.1 x 7.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,523

NooN, Skull Gold Flowers, Sculpture

NooN

Skull Gold Flowers, 2018
5.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 430

Tsuyu Bridwell, Belong 2, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Belong 2, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,700

Sumit Mehndiratta, Occupy, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Occupy, 2018
32.7 x 50 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 1,105

Thomas Dellert, Bowie pop, Print

Thomas Dellert

Bowie pop, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Print

$ 982

Thomas Dellert, Death mask, Print

Thomas Dellert

Death mask, 2012
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 982

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, M-Flurobenzylamine, Print

Damien Hirst

M-Flurobenzylamine, 2018
34 x 45 x 2 inch
Print

$ 30,000

Joaquim Falcó, Farfalla, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Farfalla, 2013
13.4 x 13 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 614

Jean Amiel, Toro mosaïque dominante bleu, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Toro mosaïque dominante bleu, 2016
29.5 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,523

Jane Sager, By appointment only, Print

Jane Sager

By appointment only, 2015
59.1 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 9,206

Toni Chartier et Guillaume Sea (GT), Vanité Clown Orange, Sculpture

Toni Chartier et Guillaume Sea (GT)

Vanité Clown Orange, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,946

Jean Amiel, La carpe mosaïque, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

La carpe mosaïque, 2016
20.5 x 29.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,700

Caramés Maite, Polar Bear, Photography

Caramés Maite

Polar Bear, 2011
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$ 3,069

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Vanité au Papillon I, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Vanité au Papillon I, 2017
38.2 x 51.2 x 0 inch
Print

$ 3,682

Charlotte Legrand, 02, Drawing

Charlotte Legrand

02, 2015
13 x 13 inch
Drawing

$ 245

Robert Osborne, (with Carrie Reichardt) Day of The Dead, Print

Robert Osborne

(with Carrie Reichardt) Day of The Dead, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$ 1,904

Estelle Hanania, Skull & Bread, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Skull & Bread, 2015
16.5 x 22 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 368

Saint-Cast, Cochon, Sculpture

Saint-Cast

Cochon, 2017
9.4 x 16.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,173

Stan, Vanities and butterflies, Painting

Stan

Vanities and butterflies, 2014
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,946

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia), Papilio Feralis, Print

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia)

Papilio Feralis, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$ 221

Louise McNaught, Born To Die - Gold Editio25, Print

Louise McNaught

Born To Die - Gold Editio25, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 530

Captain Fluo, Vanité ta mère, Photography

Captain Fluo

Vanité ta mère, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,105

Caroline Preston, Sublime, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sublime, 2016
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,088

Louise McNaught, Hidden Rainbows, Print

Louise McNaught

Hidden Rainbows, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 381

Our recommendations Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Damien Hirst, Painting

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Damien Hirst, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Philippe Pasqua, Vanité aux papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons, 2016
8.7 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

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Didier Lourenço, Dots, Print

Didier Lourenço

Dots, 2018
37.8 x 28.3 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Pierre Williams, Blue Floral/Army Skull, Sculpture

Pierre Williams

Blue Floral/Army Skull, 2017
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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NooN, Skull red butterfly by NooN, Sculpture

NooN

Skull red butterfly by NooN, 2017
5.1 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

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Caroline Kannreuther, Peacock, Painting

Caroline Kannreuther

Peacock, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Samuel Favarica, Entre les Mailles du Filet Pélagique, Painting

Samuel Favarica

Entre les Mailles du Filet Pélagique, 2016
16.1 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Damien Hirst, I Love You, Print

Damien Hirst

I Love You, 2015
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

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Nikita, Vanité, Painting

Nikita

Vanité, 2016
8.3 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Charlotte Legrand, 10, Drawing

Charlotte Legrand

10, 2015
13.4 x 17.3 inch
Drawing

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Dada Wa, The Storm-Maker, Painting

Dada Wa

The Storm-Maker, 2017
55.1 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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