Damien Hirst

(b. 1965)

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, England in 1965.

While still a student at Goldsmith's College in 1988, he curated the now renowned student exhibition ‘Freeze’ held in East London. In this exhibition, Hirst brought together a group of young artists who would come to define cutting-edge contemporary art in the 1990s and later get known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). In 1991, Hirst had his first solo exhibition at the Woodstock Street Gallery, entitled ‘In and Out of Love’ in which he filled the gallery with hundreds of live tropical butterflies, some of which hatched from the monochrome canvases that hung the walls.

In 1992, he was part of the ground breaking Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. In this show, he exhibited his now famous Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living: a real tiger shark preserved in a glass tank of formaldehyde. The same year he was nominated for the prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize, a coveted award he was finally awarded in 1995.

Hirst's best known works are his paintings, medicine cabinet sculptures, and glass tank installations. For the most part, his paintings have taken on two styles. One is an arrangement of colour spots with titles that refer to pharmaceutical chemicals, known as Spot paintings. The second, his Spin paintings, are created by centrifugal force, when Hirst places his canvases on a spinner, and pours the paint as they spin. In the medicine cabinet pieces Hirst redefines sculpture with his arrangements of various drugs, surgical tools, and medical supplies. Finally, his tank pieces, containing dead animals preserved in formaldehyde, are sculptures that directly address the inevitable mortality of all living beings. All of Hirst's works contain his ironic wit and also question the role of art in contemporary culture.

In 2012, the Tate Modern in London held Damien Hirst's first museum retrospective exhibition.

In October 2015, after parting ways with Larry Gagosian, Damien Hirst opened his own art space the Newport Street Gallery in London, where he exhibits his own work as well as his personal art collection and favourite artists.

  • Giving back to Nature

    Giving back to Nature

    Beirut

    May 17, 2017 - June 03, 2017

  • BritARTnia

    BritARTnia

    London

    November 23, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • Cool Britannia

    Cool Britannia

    Seoul

    October 21, 2015 - November 30, 2015

  • British Contemporary

    British Contemporary

    Singapore

    March 19, 2015 - April 05, 2015

  • Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade

    Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade

    Hong Kong

    November 13, 2014 - December 04, 2014

  • From Renoir to Hirst - Seoul Arts Center (Museum In Seoul)

    From Renoir to Hirst - Seoul Arts Center (Museum In Seoul)

    Seoul

    June 27, 2014 - September 17, 2014

  • Art Stage - Booth C4-05

    Art Stage - Booth C4-05

    Singapore

    January 24, 2013 - January 27, 2013

  • Rehab, tribute to Duchamp

    Rehab, tribute to Duchamp

    Seoul

    February 24, 2012 - March 18, 2012

  • Contemporary masters

    Contemporary masters

    London

    February 17, 2012 - March 02, 2012