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.
July 24, 2012WIN: Unique Damien Hirst Signed Guitar
Win a unique Damien Hirst signed guitar with all proceeds going to Strummerville. For full information and to buy raffle tickets, click here.
July 6, 2012FILM: Free screenings of the Damien Hirst documentary ‘Thoughts, Work, Life’
Watch free screenings of the Damien Hirst documentary ‘Thoughts, Work, Life’ in our Photography Room at:
Other Criteria 14 Hinde Street London W1U 3BG
The film will be shown throughout the day from 10am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday.
May 25, 2012Dine beside new Damien Hirst work at Mark Hix’s Tramshed
To celebrate the opening of Tramshed, Damien Hirst has created a new sculpture specifically for the restaurant. ‘Cock and Bull’ (2012). A Hereford cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde – is installed 4 metres above diners. The work forms part of the ‘Natural History’ series, Hirst’s seminal collection of preserved animals.
For his first exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, Damien Hirst will present a series of dynamic new paintings that he started working on in the summer of 2010. This exhibition coincides with the first UK retrospective of Hirst’s work at Tate Modern.
Painting has always been an important part of Hirst’s oeuvre, but unlike the spot paintings and photorealist series which were made using a collaborative studio process, this body of work is altogether more personal: painted from life, by Hirst in his Devon studio.
January 12, 2012Gagosian Gallery launches worldwide exhibition of 25 years of spot paintings by Damien Hirst
The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011 – Damien Hirst
The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong, opening worldwide on January 12, 2012. Most of the paintings are being lent by private individuals and public institutions, more than 150 different lenders from twenty countries. Conceived as a single exhibition in multiple locations, “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986–2011” makes use of this demographic fact to determine the content of each exhibition according to locality.
January 24, 2011VISIT: Palazzo Vecchio to see Hirst’s diamond skull
Palazzo Vecchio are currently displaying Damien Hirst‘s diamond skull artwork For The Love of God and have a contemporary art book store located on the ground floor with a variety of Other Criteria merchandise. The bookstore by Arthemisia Group has books, clothing and a selection of art objects instore.
For The Love of God will be exhibited there until 1st May 2011 so try your best to visit the museum. The artwork is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, so quite unmissable. However if you are unable to visit, you can console yourself by browsing our For The Love of God collection on our website.
October 27, 2010 Damien Hirst: Medicine Cabinets
I can’t understand why most people believe in medicine and don’t believe in art, without questioning either. Damien Hirst, 1997
L&M Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of early medicine cabinets by Damien Hirst. Assembled together for the first time are the seminal Sex Pistols cabinets from 1989. Each cabinet takes its name from one of the twelve title tracks of the legendary 1977 debut punk album “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.”
See images of the collages on our blog entry on the show
February 3, 2010End of an Era
January 30th - March 6th 2010
Experience new works by Damien Hirst at Gagosian's recently opened exhibition in New York. End of an Era sees one of Hirst's iconic formaldehyde pieces centred among his photorealist paintings and diamond cabinets.
January 14, 2010Dark Trees
Ten works from Damien Hirst's new painting show 'Dark Trees', due to be fully exhibited in Mexico in April, can be previewed at Galeria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig, Germany from 16th January - 6th February 2010.
Damien Hirst is exhibiting in the group show BAROCK – Art, Science, Faith and Technology in the Contemporary Age until 5th April 2010 at Museum MADRE. 28 artists are taking part in the group show including Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman.
For more information, and for images of the exhibition, click here.
November 17, 2009Nothing Matters
Damien's Hirst exhibition 'Nothing Matters' will be shown at both White Cube spaces from 25th November 2009 - 30th January 2010. For more information, visit our blog.
Other Criteria have released a publication to mark the occasion, with an interview by the late Gordon Burn and an essay by Rudi Fuchs.
October 5, 2009The Wallace Collection
Damien Hirst will be exhibiting No Love Lost, Blue Paintings at the Wallace Collection from Wednesday 14th October - Sunday 24th January 2010.
For more information, and for previews of the works, visit our blog.
Louisa Buck joins Mark Coles to discuss Damien Hirst's recent exhibitions at The Wallace Collection, London and White Cube Mason's Yard and Hoxton Square, London. To listen to the programme, aired on Tuesday 24th November 2009, click here.