Description: Damien Hirst (British b.1965), ‘All Around The World’, 2002, 39″ x 45″
Damien Steven Hirst (/hɜːrst/; born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector.He is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is reportedly the United Kingdom’s richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List.
Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The best-known of these was The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a clear display case. He has also made “spin paintings”, created on a spinning circular surface, and “spot paintings”, which are rows of randomly coloured circles created by his assistants.
In September 2008, Hirst made an unprecedented move for a living artist by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, at Sotheby’s by auction and bypassing his long-standing galleries. The auction raised £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction as well as Hirst’s own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde.
1987 – Damien Hirst and Holden Rowan, Old Court Gallery, Windsor Arts Centre, Windsor, UK – Curator Derek Culley
1988 – Damien Hirst: Constructions and Sculpture, Old Court Gallery, Windsor, UK -Curator Derek Culley
1988 – Freeze, Surrey Docks, London, UK
1989 – New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
1990 – Modern Medicine, Building One, London, UK
1990 – Gambler, Building One, London, UK
1990 – Building One, Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, Paris, FR
His first solo exhibition, organised by Tamara Chodzko – Dial, In and Out of Love, was held in an unused shop on Woodstock Street in central London in 1991.
1992 in the first Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in North London.
Hirst’s first major international presentation was in the Venice Biennale in 1993 with the work, Mother and Child Divided
Hirst exhibited 30 paintings at the Gagosian Gallery in New York in March 2005.
In February 2006, he opened a major show in Mexico, at the Hilario Galguera Gallery, called The Death of God, Towards a Better Understanding of Life without God aboard The Ship of Fools, an exhibition that attracted considerable media coverage as Hirst’s first show in Latin America.
Hirst’s representation of the British Union Flag formed the arena centrepiece for the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.