“Breakfast at The Wolseley gave Damien and I the perfect opportunity to discuss the business of the day. Always on time, Damien would first hold out his hand for a pen or pencil and would then begin sketching on the back of his placemat.” – Frank Dunphy
In 2008 The Wall Street Journal described Frank Dunphy, Damien Hirst’s business manager, as, “the bow-tied super-ego to Mr. Hirst’s id.” ‘A Portrait of Frank: The Wolseley Drawings’ has been published to coincide with Frank’s retirement after almost fifteen years with the artist.
Seen here for the first time, Hirst’s portraits were sketched over the pair’s regular breakfast meetings at The Wolseley restaurant, between 2004 and 2010. They provide a touching illustration of Frank and Damien’s relationship over the course of some of the most extraordinary years of the artist’s career.
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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