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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)


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


How much are original Damien Hirst paintings worth?

An original Damien Hirst painting can be worth anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars all the way up to tens of millions of dollars. These varying price points are reflective of the demand for Hirst’s work, he is one of the UK’s greatest living artists. The most ever paid for a Damien Hirst painting is $19,213,270 for the painting Lullaby Spring (2002) which was sold on June 21st, 2007. Hirst has sold several paintings in this range including The Golden Calf (2008) for $18,556,270 and The Kingdom (2008) for $17,150,010. This shows that Damien Hirst paintings represent a great opportunity for the investor, he is an established artist with proven worth.

Who is Damien Hirst?

Damien Hirst is a painter and sculptor who helped form the Young British Artist movement along with several other artists in the late 1980s and 1990s. He is considered one of the world’s richest living painters and is now as much a name brand as any other artist alive today. His work has been exhibited in every major gallery in the world and commands top prices at any auction it appears in. 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.”

How did Damien Hirst get started?

Born in 1965, Hirst rose to fame in the 1990s as part of a group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). These artists set a new tone for art at the end of the 20th century. Known as much for their shrewd entrepreneurialism as their shocking art, Hirst and his fellow artists have never shied away from controversy or violent imagery. By the mid-1990s, Hirst had helped bring art in London into the modern era. By 2003, Hirst was considered part of the establishment, helped in large part because of his working relationship with Charles Saatchi, the famed British art collector and dealer.

What was Damien Hirst famous for?

Damien Hirst is famous for starting the Young British Artist movement and for his controversial paintings, sculptures, and avant-garde pieces. 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. 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.

What kind of art did Damien Hirst make?

Damien Hirst is a painter, sculptor, and philanthropist. His work traverses the avant-garde, the Young British Artists Movement, and contemporary art. Known for works like: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (2008) a shark in a vitrine tank full of formaldehyde; For the Love of God (2007) a diamond-encrusted human skull; A Thousand Years (1990) 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 (2007) a canvas painted with house paint and covered in actual butterfly wings. Hirst’s work is always breathtaking, controversial, and above all else -- a brilliant manifestation of Hirst’s unique artistic aesthetics and ethos.

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