Damien Hirst — Entomology Wallpaper

Each roll: 10,000 x 686 mm (396 x 27 inches)
Pattern repeat 686 mm (27 inches)
4 colour gravure printing process
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This wallpaper is inspired by a work from Hirst’s ‘Entomology’ series entitled Nessus (2009) and features numerous iridescent species of insect and beetle. Like the ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, the ‘Entomology’ works allude to Hirst’s long term interest in the nineteenth century fascination with Natural History. He explains: ‘It’s bound up in my interest in the Victorian obsession with nature, or really the dominance of man over the natural world.’ This work’s title, Nessus, derives from a centaur from the seventh circle of hell in Dante’s ‘Inferno’. The centaur, charged with keeping damned souls at their allotted depths, was selected to carry Dante across the river to hell.

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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