Artist of The Week | Artistry

Damien Hirst

 

Damien Steven Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s.

He shocked and surprised the art world with his unusual works, including glass displays of dead animals and medicine cabinet sculptures. Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works.

He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved sometimes having been dissected in formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is an organic compound with the formula CH2O or HCHO.

He became a renowned international contemporary artist from his artwork in Venice in 1993 called  “Mother and Child Divided“ where created an installation piece that featured a bisected cow and her calf displayed in four vitrines, or glass cases, filled with formaldehyde.

 

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Artist of the week: Damien Hirst

Title: Some Comfort Gain From The Acceptance Of The Inherent Lies In Everything

Medium: Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, cows and formaldehyde solution

Year: 1996

 

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Artist of the week: Damien Hirst

Title: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Medium: Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, sharks and formaldehyde solution

Year: 1991