“Diamonds a are a symbol of everything that’s eternal, but then they have a dark side as well.” – Damien Hirst
This wallpaper was produced on the occasion of the first major retrospective of Damien Hirst’s work to be held in British institution, Tate Modern; presenting major works spanning twenty-five years of the artist’s career in2012. It depicts a detail from one of the 'Forgotten Cabinets' first exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery in the exhibition ‘Forgotten Promises’, Hong Kong, 2011. Hirst has included diamonds in various pieces, including his ‘Fact ‘ painting series exhibited at ‘End of an Era’, at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, 2010 and the two cast skull works, pavé-set with diamonds, ‘For the Love of God, and ‘ For Heaven’s Sake. ‘
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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