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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Damien Steven Hirst (b. 1965) is an English artist and member of the Young British Artists organization. He first received public attention during his student exhibition of "Freeze" at Goldsmith's College in London. Following the success of this exhibit Hirst became one the most influential artists of the 21st century. His installations and sculptures dominated the UK art scene during the 1990s and many of his pieces are universally recognized. One central theme in his work is death. His work includes animals preserved in formaldehyde after dissection. His most popular work is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. In this exhibit, a 14-ft tiger shark is displayed in a clear case filled with formaldehyde. He also sold The Golden Calf, in which a calf's hooves and horns are adorned in 18 carat gold, for a record 198 million euros. In addition to his dead animal series, he creates "spin paintings" on a spinning circular surface and "spot paintings" consisting of randomly distributed points. He is among the United Kingdom's wealthiest living artists.


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