Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Dark Trees, at Hilario Galguera, April 2010, the catalogue features a number of previously unseen Blue Paintings from Hirst’s 2006-2008 series. Marking his second ever show in Mexico, his oil painted skulls find symmetry in Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, from which the artist has drawn a great many influences. Included in the publication are ‘Human Skull in Space’, ‘Man Barely Alive’ and a number of gate-folded triptychs: ‘Three Views of a Skull’, ‘Towards The End of The Day’ and ‘Bad Omen’.
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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