Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst


Nationality: British

Birth Place: Bristol (Bristol, England, United Kingdom)

Born in 1965, Damien Hirst is a painter, sculptor, and philanthropist. Known for works like: "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living," a shark in a vitrine tank full of formaldehyde; "For the Love of God," a diamond encrusted human skull; "A Thousand Years," a life-cycle in a box comprised of hatching maggots, full-grown flies feeding on a severed cow's head and a bug-zapping device; and "Sanctimony," a canvas painted with house paint and covered in actual butterfly wings.

Hirst rose to fame in the 1990's as part of a group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). He has faced criticism for using assistants to work on his spin and spot paintings. Like Andy Warhol, Hirst has always embraced the factory method of producing art. In fact, he owns an actual factory in the UK where he employs artists, metalworkers and sculptors to produce his visions.

Considered to be one of the world's richest living artists, Hirst said in 2000, "I think becoming a brand name is an important part of life." To that end, he markets coffee mugs, skateboard decks and credit card holders that he has designed.

Hirst lives with his wife, Maia, and their three sons in Devon, UK. Hirst said in a 2014 interview, "The world's a very complicated place and sometimes you look at it and you feel like a child and that's the sort of best viewpoint. In the face of the world, we're always children."


Damien Hirst Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965) The Last Supper (complete set of 13), 1999 Screenprints in colors 60-1/4 x 40 inches...
DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965)The Last Supper (complete set of 13), 1999Screenprints in colors60-1/4 x 40 inches ... (Total: 13 Items)
Lot 70208
Auction 5215
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Damien Hirst (British, b. 1965) Pharmaceuticals, 2005 Inkjet print in colors 41-1/2 x 33 inches (105.4 x 83.8 cm) Ed
Damien Hirst (British, b. 1965)Pharmaceuticals, 2005Inkjet print in colors41-1/2 x 33 inches (105.4 x 83.8 cm)Ed...
Lot 70223
Auction 5224
Saturday, November 14, 2015
DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965) Xylene Cyanol Dye Solution, 2005 Aquatint in colors with pencil 23 x 15 inches (58.4
DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965)Xylene Cyanol Dye Solution, 2005Aquatint in colors with pencil23 x 15 inches (58.4 ...
Lot 65163
Auction 5167
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Damien Hirst (b. 1965) Schizophrenogenesis (Limited Edition) (two copies), 2017 Hardcover Book 9-3/4 x 7 inches (24.8...
Damien Hirst (b. 1965)Schizophrenogenesis (Limited Edition) (two copies), 2017Hardcover Book9-3/4 x 7 inches (24.8... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 60102
Auction 5364
Monday, November 6, 2017
Damien Hirst (b. 1965) Methylamine-13C (Black), 2014 Screenprint in colors with diamond dust 32-3/4 x 27 inches (83
Damien Hirst (b. 1965)Methylamine-13C (Black), 2014Screenprint in colors with diamond dust 32-3/4 x 27 inches (83...
Lot 77036
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017

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