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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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Damien Hirst, The Hours Spin Skull, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

The Hours Spin Skull, 2008
8.7 x 7.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$16,190

Michaël Brack, L'Ancienne Messe, Drawing

Michaël Brack

L'Ancienne Messe, 2013
17.7 x 12.6 inch
Drawing

$694

Igor Pose, Butterfly, Drawing

Igor Pose

Butterfly, 2006
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$9,945

Giles Daoust, Butterflies, Photography

Giles Daoust

Butterflies, 2013
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,318

Juliette Clovis, Izanami, Sculpture

Juliette Clovis

Izanami, 2017
13.4 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,922

Magali Lambert, Eumm2, Photography

Magali Lambert

Eumm2, 2013
7.1 x 11 inch
Photography

$463

Juliette Clovis, Syriacus, Painting

Juliette Clovis

Syriacus, 2015
25.6 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,585

Philippe Mayaux, Résistance, Print

Philippe Mayaux

Résistance, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$173

Gaspard Mitz, Self Sabotage, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Self Sabotage, 2015
7.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$752

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier vanité, 2016
12.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$28,911

Alexandre Nicolas, Big bang, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Big bang, 2014
11 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$18,503

Alexandre Nicolas, Vanité, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Vanité, 2012
13.8 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$18,503

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 1998
70.9 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$28,911

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, M-Flurobenzylamine, Print

Damien Hirst

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

$30,000

Nash, Jaune, Painting

Nash

Jaune, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$93

Carole Benichou, I love you, Painting

Carole Benichou

I love you, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,850

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

$578

Tsuyu Bridwell, Belong 2, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Belong 2, 2018
19.7 x 19.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,544

Ron English, Vanity tribute to Andy - pink, Sculpture

Ron English

Vanity tribute to Andy - pink, 2011
60.2 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$13,877

Sumit Mehndiratta, Occupy, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Occupy, 2018
32.7 x 50 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,041

Dominique Mulhem, Vanity, Print

Dominique Mulhem

Vanity, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$5,204

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

$810

Joaquim Falcó, Farfalla, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Farfalla, 2013
13.4 x 13 x 2 inch
Painting

$578

NooN, Skull Gold Flowers, Sculpture

NooN

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

$364 $405

NooN, Skull red butterfly by NooN, Sculpture

NooN

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

$347

Stan, Vanities and butterflies, Painting

Stan

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

$3,932

NooN, Coffret 5 Skulls Chrome, Sculpture

NooN

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

$6,939

Jean Amiel, Toro mosaïque dominante bleu, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

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

$5,204

Didier Lourenço, Dots, Print

Didier Lourenço

Dots, 2018
37.8 x 28.3 inch
Print

$682

Corta, Requin de face - série limitée, Print

Corta

Requin de face - série limitée, 2015
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$197

Guillaume Piot, Cochon, Print

Guillaume Piot

Cochon, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$104

Charlotte Legrand, 10, Drawing

Charlotte Legrand

10, 2015
13.4 x 17.3 inch
Drawing

$520

Caramés Maite, Polar Bear, Photography

Caramés Maite

Polar Bear, 2011
35.4 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,735

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Butinage, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Butinage, 2017
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Print

$3,469

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Vanité au Papillon I, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Vanité au Papillon I, 2017
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Print

$3,469

Cindy Pino Vila, OPM-Papillons-Expérience n°2, Painting

Cindy Pino Vila

OPM-Papillons-Expérience n°2, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,476

Caroline Preston, Sublime, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sublime, 2016
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,012

Caroline Preston, Pastel dash, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Pastel dash, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,518

Pierre Williams, Vineyard/Army Skull, Sculpture

Pierre Williams

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

$626

Charlotte Legrand, 02, Drawing

Charlotte Legrand

02, 2015
13 x 13 inch
Drawing

$231

Jean Amiel, La carpe mosaïque, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

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

$2,544

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

$1,771

Saint-Cast, Cochon, Sculpture

Saint-Cast

Cochon, 2017
9.4 x 16.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,932

Magali Lambert, Worlds of Bones - Washing on a roe, Sculpture

Magali Lambert

Worlds of Bones - Washing on a roe, 2015
9.1 x 8.3 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,735

Yions Schwenke, Nei, Photography

Yions Schwenke

Nei, 2015
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$6,939

Elmar Dam, Rebirth, Photography

Elmar Dam

Rebirth, 2014
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$3,816

Jean-Baptiste Carhaix, Danses macabres, trophées et autres vanités, Photography

Jean-Baptiste Carhaix

Danses macabres, trophées et autres vanités, 1992
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,122

Louise McNaught, Hidden Rainbows, Print

Louise McNaught

Hidden Rainbows, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$354

Caroline Kannreuther, Peacock, Painting

Caroline Kannreuther

Peacock, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,429

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

$493

Estelle Hanania, Skull & Bread, Photography

Estelle Hanania

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

$347

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia), Papilio Feralis, Print

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia)

Papilio Feralis, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Print

$208

Captain Fluo, Vanité ta mère, Photography

Captain Fluo

Vanité ta mère, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,041

Kate Knight, Vanity of Vanities; All is vanity, Painting

Kate Knight

Vanity of Vanities; All is vanity, 2013
27.6 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$3,088

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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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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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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Helen Gorill, Exotic butterflies and tropical blue bee on London graffiti, Painting

Helen Gorill

Exotic butterflies and tropical blue bee on London graffiti, 2017
10.2 x 10.2 x 0 inch
Painting

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