Printed at the time of Hirst’s widely acclaimed auction at Sotheby’s in September 2008, this collection of posters celebrates, in vivid colour, the unprecedented success of such an event. Including key pieces from the auction, two of the posters represent the motifs and ideas most common to Hirst’s practice in the form of formaldehydes, spots, spins, butterflies and pharmaceuticals. Elsewhere, a single unifying image is printed to best capture the ambition of the artist’s vision.
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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