This publication was produced to accompany Damien Hirst’s first-ever drawings exhibition held in association with the British Council in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2003, before touring to St Petersburg.
Spanning his entire career, they range from early drawings done when Hirst was a teenager to intimate drawings made for close friends. The exhibition also included preparatory sketches and ideas for future work.
The range of material is broad and eclectic, shadowing the countless interests and enthusiasms of the artist and casting a unique insight into his life and working methods.
There are two versions of this broadsheet: one produced for the exhibition opening in Ljubljana, and the other for its tour to St Petersburg.
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.
Text © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd., All rights reserved, 2012