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Rankin
Damien Hirst

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Damien Hirst]

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Damien HIRST

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.
Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.
Hirst developed his interest in exploring the “unacceptable idea” of death as a teenager in Leeds. From the age of sixteen, he made regular visits to the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School in order to make life drawings. The experiences served to establish the difficulties he perceived in reconciling the idea of death in life.
At Goldsmiths, Hirst’s understanding of the distinction between painting and sculpture changed significantly, and he began work on some of his most important series. The ‘Medicine Cabinets’ created in his second year combined the aesthetics of minimalism with Hirst’s observation that, “science is the new religion for many people. It’s as simple and as complicated as that really.” This is one of his most enduring themes, and was most powerfully manifested in the installation work, ‘Pharmacy’ (1992).


Whilst in his second year, Hirst conceived and curated ‘Freeze’ – a group exhibition in three phases. The exhibition of Goldsmiths students is commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point not only for Hirst, but for a generation of British artists.
In 1991 Hirst began work on ‘Natural History’, arguably his most famous series. Through preserving creatures in minimalist steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde solution, he intended to create a “zoo of dead animals”. In 1992, the shark piece, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ (1991) was unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Young British Artists I’ exhibition. The shark, described by the artist as a “thing to describe a feeling”, remains one of the most iconic symbols of modern British art and popular culture in the 90’s.


Hirst has continued over the last decade to explore the “big issues” of “death, life, religion, beauty, science.” In 2007, he unveiled the spectacular, ‘For the Love of God’ (2007): a platinum cast of a skull set with 8,601 flawless pavé-set diamonds, at the White Cube exhibition ‘Beyond Belief’. The following year, he took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at Sotheby’s auction house in London.
Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. Hirst’s first major retrospective ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ was held in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples in 2004. His contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades was recognised in 2012 with a major retrospective of his work staged at Tate Modern.
Hirst lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.

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Medusa, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Reap, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Blind, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Centaur 1, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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The Painted Skulls 1, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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The Painted Skulls 2, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Mermaid 1, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Centaur 2, 2011

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Manticore 2, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5

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Manticore 4, 2011
by Rankin & Damien Hirst

20" x 24" edition of 15
36" x 48" edition of 5