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Damien Hirst

British, b. 1965

British artist Damien Hirst is widely considered the enfant terrible of contemporary art. He is the most prominent of the so-called Young British Artists, or YBAs, a group, largely composed of Hirst’s classmates at Goldsmiths, in London, that began exhibiting together in warehouses and factories after 1988 and is known for the use of unconventional materials and “shock tactics” in his paintings, prints, sculptures and other works.

In the 1990s, Hirst said, “I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it.” And indeed, he is notorious for piquing critics and baffling the public with such pieces as his signature glass vitrines containing dead sheep or sharks in formaldehyde, and his diamond-encrusted skull, For the Love of God.

Working primarily in sculpture, Hirst takes after French modernist master Marcel Duchamp in his use of ready-made objects and materials, which he combines to ironic effect. He often creates in series, as with "The Cure (Violet)" and "The Cure (Turquoise)," both from 2014, which are among several pill paintings referencing Andy Warhol’s embrace of mass production.

Belonging to Hirst's ongoing series of “spot” paintings, begun in the 1980s, the 2005 piece Xylene Cyanol Dye Solution is striking for its machinelike, industrial uniformity and almost childlike simplicity, a seeming rebuke to the idea of the artist-as-genius.

In addition to making art, Hirst has launched stores that sell editioned works (Other Criteria), a restaurant (Pharmacy2) and even his own London museum (Newport Street Gallery).

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H14-6 Resolution
By Damien Hirst
Located in London, GB
H14-6 Resolution, 2024 Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel Dimensions: 120 x 93 cm Edition of 383 Hand-signed and numbered Mint Condition Part of the series "The...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Giclée

H14-4 Wisdom
By Damien Hirst
Located in London, GB
H14-4 Wisdom, 2024 Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel Dimensions: 120 x 93 cm Edition of 319 Hand-signed and numbered Mint condition Part of the series "The Se...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Giclée

H14-4 Wisdom
H14-4 Wisdom
H 47.25 in W 36.62 in
H14-8 Knowledge
By Damien Hirst
Located in London, GB
H14-8 Knowledge, 2024 Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel 120 x 93 cm Edition of 413 Hand-signed and numbered Mint condition. Part of the series "The Secrets," insp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Giclée

H14-5 Reassurance
By Damien Hirst
Located in London, GB
H14-5 Reassurance, 2024 Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel Dimensions: 120 x 93 cm Edition of 312 Hand-signed and numbered Mint condition Part of the series "Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Giclée

Damien Hirst 'H13-1 Deadman’s Cove -2023' Signed & numbered
By Damien Hirst
Located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Artsist: Damien Hirst Title: 'H13-1 Deadman's Cove" Year: 2023 Medium: Laminated Giclee print on aluminium composite panel Size: 47.2 x 35.4 Inches Edition: 131/346 Numbered and hand...
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2010s Abstract Expressionist Damien Hirst

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Giclée

'Cineole' Multicolor Spot Etching, 2004
By Damien Hirst
Located in New York, NY
The 'Cineole' Multicolor Spot Etching, 2004 is an edition of 145 + 35 AP, signed by the Artist on front in pencil, numbered on verso, AP. Published by the Paragon Press, London. The...
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Early 2000s Abstract Damien Hirst

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Etching

DAMIEN HIRST - EMPRESSES: NŪR JAHĀN - Limited edition. Butterflies Glitter Red
By Damien Hirst
Located in Madrid, Madrid
DAMIEN HIRST - THE EMPRESSES - NŪR JAHĀN Date of creation: 2022 Medium: Laminated giclée print on aluminium composite and screen printed with glitter. Edition number: 1013/3041 (1.48...
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2010s Modern Damien Hirst

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Glitter, Panel, Giclée, Screen

'Untitled' Unique Spots Monoprint, 2022
By Damien Hirst
Located in New York, NY
This large-scale iconic contemporary pop art 'Unique Spots' is a multi-color monoprint by Damien Hirst is the only one of its kind printed. The quintessential bright color palette of...
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2010s Pop Art Damien Hirst

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Monoprint

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    Damien Hirst credits many sources of inspiration for influencing his work. Pathology textbooks, the British children's television show Blue Peter and his parochial school education inspired various projects. The sculptures and paintings of artist Margaret Mellis and the collages produced by her husband Francis Davison encouraged him to incorporate found objects into his art. Find a selection of Damien Hirst art on 1stDibs.
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    The original shark by Damien Hirst no longer exists. It deteriorated during the 1990s and was remade in 2006. The name of the piece is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. Charles Saatchi owns the new work. As of December 2021, the shark is not on public display. Shop a collection of Damien Hirst art on 1stDibs.
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    Damien Hirst doesn't use any specific materials to produce his art. Instead, he employs different media that suit the subject of his work. Often, Hirst combines found objects to create collages or converts them into sculptures. He made his spot series by painstakingly applying paint to walls and other materials. Find a collection of Damien Hirst art on 1stDibs.
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    Damien Hirst is best known for his use of unconventional materials and "shock tactics" in his paintings, prints, sculptures and other works. He is notorious for piquing critics and baffling the public with such pieces as his signature glass vitrines containing dead sheep or sharks in formaldehyde and his diamond-encrusted skull, For the Love of God. Working primarily in sculpture, Hirst takes after French modernist master Marcel Duchamp in his use of ready-made objects and materials, which he combines to ironic effect. He often creates in series, as with "The Cure (Violet)" and "The Cure (Turquoise)," both from 2014, which are among several pill paintings referencing Andy Warhol's embrace of mass production. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Damien Hirst art.
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    Damien Hirst is well-known for his spot paintings, of which he created thirteen series. His first series alone, known as the “Pharmaceutical” series, totaled more than 1,000 paintings. In 2013, Hirst revealed that there are 1,365 spot paintings in existence today. Find a selection of Damien Hirst paintings from top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Whether or not Damien Hirst prints are a good investment will depend upon a range of factors such as condition, rarity and more. The British artist initially came to the attention of the art world for his curating skills, bursting onto the scene with the now legendary exhibition “Freeze,” which he organized in a derelict southeast London dock warehouse in 1988. But what earned him notoriety were his in-your-face artworks, such as a dead cow’s head and flies and a menagerie of sliced up animals, as well as his rock-and-roll lifestyle of boozing, drug taking and exhibitionism. In 2008, Hirst bypassed his established dealers and sold more than 200 works at auction for $170 million.

    Determining the value of any collectible depends upon a variety of aspects. Because Hirst, a former member of the Young British Artists movement, is so well-known for his provocative sculptures and other works of Conceptual art, this can have a positive effect on the long-term value of his prints.

    New collectors are often directed toward prints as a starting point. Accessibility, however, does not mean prints appreciate at a different pace from other mediums. The market for paintings increases parallel to the prints market. It's good to keep in mind that price is not the only practical reason to embrace the medium. Prints are often a more feasible way of acquiring works by an artist you love but who tends to create objects you could never house.

    Hirst has frequently landed on animals and insects when searching for subjects for his prints and other works that could capture the fragility and fleetingness of existence. His lush, blood-red series of giclée prints titled “The Empresses” contains five different editions, each named for a historical female ruler, and each printed with a complex pattern of butterflies on aluminum accented with glitter.

    At 1stDibs, we believe in buying what you love. Our shopping experience enables discovery and learning, whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning your collection. Buyers should keep in mind that the value of any investment is subject to fluctuation, and any investment decisions should be made according to the guidance of a financial advisor.

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