Damien Hirst — Studio Half Skull, half face with diamond dust

885 x 1100 mm (34 x 43 inches)
Silkscreen on 410gsm Somerset tub-sized, diamond dust
Edition of 75
Signed and numbered
Published by Other Criteria and Paul Stolper

In the iconography of art, skulls have always been contemplative objects. This silkscreen was produced using a photograph of a human skull that Damien Hirst had been using as a subject to paint; the blue paint marks being the result of the artist handling the work, positioning it, whilst working.

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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