“I felt the power of art from a very young age... I still believe art is more powerful than money”

Damien Hirst

In 2009, the Sunday Times Rich List assessed his wealth at £235 million and with Tate Modern’s retrospective in 2012 the most visited solo show in the gallery’s history, Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation.

 

In the quarter of a century since his pivotal ‘Freeze’ show the artist Damien Hirst has become a British art phenomenon. Awarded the Turner Prize in 1995, his work as a sculptor, installation artist, painter and print maker has both amazed and attracted controversy.

 

Damien Hirst created the incredible flooring to the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 closing ceremony as well as the 2013 Brit award. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Alexander McQueen’s iconic skull scarf Damien Hirst has created thirty different designs of a limited edition scarf.

 

Damien Hirst was a prominent member of the ‘Young British Artists’ who dominated the art scene during the nineteen nineties. Many of his early works were bought by leading modern art collector Charles Saatchi. His most well known works include his ‘Spot’ and ‘Spin’ paintings, installations such as “Pharmacy” and his series of animals in formaldehyde including a cow and her calf.

 

Born in 1965 in Bristol, he now lives and works in London, Gloucestshire and Devon. Prior to studying fine art at Goldsmiths college Hirst worked in construction. Damien Hirst continues to exhibit worldwide and now works with a studio of assistants. His works often attract controversy such as his platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with diamonds; ‘For the Love of God’. 

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