This is the third ‘Kaleidescope’ wallpaper design that Damien Hirst has produced. The first of Hirst's ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, ‘It’s a Wonderful World’ was created in 2001. Originally inspired by a Victorian tea tray Hirst had found, these works are made by applying thousands of different-coloured butterfly wings in intricate geometric patterns onto a layer of household paint. Unlike in earlier works involving butterflies, Hirst chose to use only the iridescent wings in the ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, deliberately disengaging the presentation of the butterflies from 'the real thing'. Titles such as The Most Beautiful Thing in The World (2003) reflect the idealised beauty these works aim to encapsulate.
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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