Damien Hirst — Pill Cufflinks 2011

€340.13€340.13inc VAT
Box dimensions 75 x 75 x 33 mm (3 x 3 x 1 inches)
Sterling silver
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Damien Hirst’s bespoke pill cufflinks derive from his Pharmacy body of work as solid silver tablets and capsules - items that have come to appear frequently as part of the artist’s popular visual identity and interest in modern society's reliance on medicinal science. They are engraved and etched with the Hirst/Hirst logo and are hallmarked. The cufflinks are presented in a glossy black wooden box which is stamped with the Hirst logo inside.

Pharmacy is a room-sized installation that recreates a real pharmacy with tall cabinets of prescription packages and medication bottles. On the counter at one end of the room are four apothecary bottles, which represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Through a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’.

Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London.

Text © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd., All rights reserved, 2012

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