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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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Mick Finch, Constellation 6, Print

Mick Finch

Constellation 6, 2010
60 x 43 cm
Print

$474

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Butinage, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Butinage, 2017
97 x 130 x 0.1 cm
Print

$3,557

Giles Daoust, Butterflies, Photography

Giles Daoust

Butterflies, 2013
70 x 70 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,352

Louise McNaught, Hidden Rainbows, Print

Louise McNaught

Hidden Rainbows, 2018
60 x 60 x 1 cm
Print

$393

Philippe Mayaux, Résistance, Print

Philippe Mayaux

Résistance, 2017
70 x 50 x 0.3 cm
Print

$178

Didier Lourenço, Colores, Print

Didier Lourenço

Colores, 2018
28 x 72 cm
Print

$296

Sylvain Lang, Aerial 36, Painting

Sylvain Lang

Aerial 36, 2020
81 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,846

Thomas Dellert, Death mask, Print

Thomas Dellert

Death mask, 2012
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Print

$949

Thomas Dellert, Bowie pop, Print

Thomas Dellert

Bowie pop, 2015
50 x 50 x 4 cm
Print

$949

Sumit Mehndiratta, Occupy, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Occupy, 2018
83 x 127 x 2 cm
Print

$1,067

Helder Batista, Inclusion Lego, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Inclusion Lego, 2018
40 x 25 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$7,707

Jean Amiel, Toro mosaïque dominante bleu, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Toro mosaïque dominante bleu, 2016
75 x 70 x 70 cm
Sculpture

$5,336

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Ferric Ammonium Citrate, Print

Damien Hirst

Ferric Ammonium Citrate, 2011
15.5 x 38.5 cm
Print

$9,467

Guillaume Piot, Cochon, Print

Guillaume Piot

Cochon, 2016
42 x 30 cm
Print

$107

Andres Ferrandis, Nanai #2, Print

Andres Ferrandis

Nanai #2, 2018
243.8 x 121.9 cm
Print

$9,000

Andres Ferrandis, Nanai #1, Print

Andres Ferrandis

Nanai #1, 2018
243.8 x 121.9 cm
Print

$9,000

Our recommendations Damien Hirst, Quinizarian, Print

Damien Hirst

Quinizarian, 2011
20.6 x 50.8 x 0.1 cm
Print

$13,675

Estelle Hanania, Skull & Bread, Photography

Estelle Hanania

Skull & Bread, 2015
42 x 56 x 1 cm
Photography

$356

NooN, Skull Gold Flowers, Sculpture

NooN

Skull Gold Flowers, 2018
13 x 20 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$415

Petr Strnad, Summa #3, Painting

Petr Strnad

Summa #3, 2021
40.3 x 40.3 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$296

Petr Strnad, Space Solution XIV., Painting

Petr Strnad

Space Solution XIV., 2021
40.6 x 30.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$202

Carley Cornelissen, Life in Technicolor, Painting

Carley Cornelissen

Life in Technicolor, 2019
90 x 90 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,126

Tsuyu Bridwell, Belong 2, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Belong 2, 2018
50 x 50 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$2,609

Dasha Pears, Blending In Blue, Photography

Dasha Pears

Blending In Blue, 2019
70 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,150

Dasha Pears, Blending In, Photography

Dasha Pears

Blending In, 2019
70 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,150

Joaquim Falcó, Farfalla, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Farfalla, 2013
34 x 33 x 5 cm
Painting

$593

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

Robert Osborne

(with Carrie Reichardt) Day of The Dead, 2017
50 x 40 x 3 cm
Print

$1,964

Caroline Preston, Sublime, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sublime, 2016
35 x 35 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$1,122

Jean Amiel, La carpe mosaïque, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

La carpe mosaïque, 2016
52 x 75 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$2,609

Jean-Michel Rousvoal, Vanité au Papillon I, Print

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Vanité au Papillon I, 2017
97 x 130 x 0.1 cm
Print

$3,557

Jane Sager, By appointment only, Print

Jane Sager

By appointment only, 2015
150 x 150 x 2 cm
Print

$8,893

Charlotte Legrand, 02, Fine Art Drawings

Charlotte Legrand

02, 2015
33 x 33 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$237

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia), Papilio Feralis, Print

Gianluca Gambino (Tenia)

Papilio Feralis, 2018
20 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Print

$213

Stan, Vanities and butterflies, Painting

Stan

Vanities and butterflies, 2014
120 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,846

Saint-Cast, Cochon, Sculpture

Saint-Cast

Cochon, 2017
24 x 42 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$4,031

Izabela Lewkowicz, Le souffle dans tes cheveux - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Le souffle dans tes cheveux - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$296

Izabela Lewkowicz, Dit-moi un mot - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Izabela Lewkowicz

Dit-moi un mot - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$296

Hana Moore, Twelve by Nineteen Receding No.2, Painting

Hana Moore

Twelve by Nineteen Receding No.2, 2019
121.9 x 81.3 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$3,500

Yions Schwenke, Nei, Photography

Yions Schwenke

Nei, 2015
120 x 80 x 2 cm
Photography

$4,743

Sam Grigorian, From the Series of Visit from another planet, Painting

Sam Grigorian

From the Series of Visit from another planet, 2018
70 x 100 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$4,000

Louise McNaught, Born To Die - Gold Editio25, Print

Louise McNaught

Born To Die - Gold Editio25, 2018
60 x 60 x 1 cm
Print

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