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

The Currency 1781- You don’t go all summer long

Damien Hirst

Painting - 7.9 x 11.8 inch

$79,173

Magnificent Seven, Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven

Damien Hirst

Sculpture - 2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 inch

$7,500

The empresses - Taytu Betul, Damien Hirst

The empresses - Taytu Betul

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$7,337

The empresses - Wu zetian, Damien Hirst

The empresses - Wu zetian

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$7,337

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

The currency: 6274. nobody should hear it

Damien Hirst

Painting - 8.5 x 11.8 inch

$31,564

The empresses - Nur jahan, Damien Hirst

The empresses - Nur jahan

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

$7,337

The Currency – Something So Small (#1031), Damien Hirst

The Currency – Something So Small (#1031)

Damien Hirst

Painting - 7.9 x 11.8 inch

Price upon request

Empresses: Wu Zetian H10-1, Damien Hirst

Empresses: Wu Zetian H10-1

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.2 x 39.2 inch

Price upon request

The Empresses : H10-1 Wu Zetian, Damien Hirst

The Empresses : H10-1 Wu Zetian

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

Price upon request

The empresses : H10-2 Nur Jahan, Damien Hirst

The empresses : H10-2 Nur Jahan

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

Price upon request

H10-4 Suiko (The Empresses), Damien Hirst

H10-4 Suiko (The Empresses)

Damien Hirst

Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch

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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), Neo-Conceptualism

When was Damien Hirst born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1965