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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 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 his 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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Damien Hirst, "Quene 1-AM", Contemporary Art, Print, Dots, Colors, Paper
By Damien Hirst
Located in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, MX
"Quene 1-AM" by Damien Hirst The random and infinite colour series within the spot paintings is integral to the works. Hirst explains that, “mathematically, with the spot paintings...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Glaze, Aquatint

For The Love Of God 'Laugh', Skull with Diamond Dust, 2007
By Damien Hirst
Located in New York, NY
The sparkling pop-art laughing skull is an iconic contemporary memento mori silkscreen print with genuine glittering diamond dust by Damien Hirst. The jovial skull lights up the room...
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Early 2000s Pop Art Damien Hirst

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Mixed Media, Screen

Justice (The Virtues) - Limited Edition, 21st Century, YBA, Colors, Giclée Print
By Damien Hirst
Located in Zug, CH
Justice (The Virtues) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Laminated Giclée print on aluminium ...
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2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Damien Hirst

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Giclée

Butterfly Rainbow (large) - Contemporary art, 21st Century, YBAs, Color, Print
By Damien Hirst
Located in Zug, CH
Butterfly Rainbow (large) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Butterfly Rainbow (H7-1), 2020 ...
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2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Damien Hirst

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Giclée

Fruitful (large) - Contemporary art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print
By Damien Hirst
Located in Zug, CH
Fruitful (large) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Laminated Giclée print on aluminium compo...
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2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Damien Hirst

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Giclée

The Souls on Jacob's Ladder Take Their Flight
By Damien Hirst
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Damien Hirst. "The Souls on Jacob's Ladder Take Their Flight" is a color photogravure etching a bold palette of blacks and purples by contemporary British artist Damien Hi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Damien Hirst

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Etching, Photogravure

Mercy (The Virtues) -Limited Edition, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print
By Damien Hirst
Located in Zug, CH
Mercy (The Virtues) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Laminated Giclée print on aluminium co...
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2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Damien Hirst

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Giclée

Loyalty (The Virtues) - Limited Edition, 21st Century, YBA, Colors, Giclée Print
By Damien Hirst
Located in Zug, CH
Loyalty (The Virtues) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Laminated Giclée print on aluminium ...
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2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Damien Hirst

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Giclée

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