Foil block
Hell – Framed

Damien Hirst — Hell

615 x 710 mm (24 x 28 inches)
Inkjet, glaze and foilblock
Edition of 55
Signed and numbered
Published by Other Criteria & Paul Stolper

Executed in 2012 for Hirst’s 'Utopia' exhibition at Paul Stolpher Gallery, London, these six inkjet-and-foil-block prints depict rows of pills, diamonds or cigarettes arranged in metal cabinets. Hell shows rows of stubbed-out cigarette ends and a single Cuban cigar: objects that embody a mixture of desire, pleasure and death. The ashes recall a graveyard and the cigarette stubs create what critic Brian Dillon described as a ‘feeling of arid post-humanity in the most expansive way’ – now expired, the stubs are a subtle reminder of mortality.

Damien Hirst

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

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