This poster was produced to accompany Damien Hirst’s first-ever exhibition of drawings, held in association with the British Council in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2003. Spanning his entire career, the works for this show ranged from early drawings done when Hirst was a teenager to intimate drawings he'd made for close friends once his career was well established; they also included preparatory sketches and ideas for future work. Both broad and eclectic, this exhibition represented a comprehensive survey of the many interests and enthusiasms of Hirst as an artist, as well as offering unique insights into his life and working methods.
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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.
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