FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Medium: Original Exhibition Poster,
Sheet size: 39" x 26"
Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art
collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British
Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is
internationally renowned, and is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist,
with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his
career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions
came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.
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 being The Physical
Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark
immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine (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, he took 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 exceeded all predictions, raising £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.