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These uniquely produced charity bass guitars are by Damien Hirst and Flea, the bass player from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The profits from the sales of the guitars will go to Flea’s charity, Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
All guitars are signed by Flea and Damien Hirst on the back with the edition number punched on the base of the neck and the Hirst-Flea logo on the headstock. The Multi-Coloured Deluxe Spin Bass Guitars are an edition of 50 and come in a specially designed, hand spun case including a ‘exquisite corpse’ drawing by Hirst and Flea; a 6 x 6” framed monochrome butterfly gloss on canvas; a unique photograph of Hirst and Flea holding the guitar and 20 specially designed plectrums.
Flea established Silverlake Conservatory of Music in 2011 with his childhood friend, Keith Barry. Based in Los Angeles, its primary focus is on the youth of the community, to enrich their lives through music, offering affordable or free music lessons and instruments. It also grants scholarships to children in need.
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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