Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst
Caffeine, 1996
Household gloss on canvas
38.1 x 34.3 cm
Damien Hirst
Caffeine, 1996
Household gloss on canvas
38.1 x 34.3 cm

Damien Hirst (b. 1965, Bristol) is an artist whose practice and public persona became emblematic for a generation of British Art. As the lynchpin of this 1990s ‘yBa’ movement, Hirst’s exhibition ‘Freeze’ helped launch the careers of his peer group - Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume amongst others. His predominate motifs - most aptly illustrated by his formaldehyde series of animals - remain death, decay, pestilence and destruction. Aside from this series of sculptures, Hirst’s most universally recognised bodies of work are his butterfly collages, pharmaceutical ‘spot’ paintings, and his 2007 diamond encrusted skull ‘For the Love of God.’ He won the Turner Prize in 1995, and has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives. Works from his personal collection can be viewed by the public at his ‘Newport Street Gallery,’ which opened in October 2015.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy: ‘Icastica’

ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar: ‘Relics’

Tate Modern, London: ‘Damien Hirst’
The National Art Gallery of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria: ‘New Religion’

Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark: ‘Damien Hirst Donations’
Leeds City Gallery, Leeds: ‘Damien Hirst: Artist Rooms’
Tate Britain, London: ‘Damien Hirst: Artist Rooms’

L&M Arts, New York: ‘Medicine Cabinets’
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence: ‘For the Love of God’

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: ‘Damien Hirst: Artist Rooms’
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: ‘For the Love of God’

Herz Jesu Koln, Cologne: ‘The Five Aspects of God’
The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas: ‘Damien Hirst’

Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo: ‘Damien Hirst’

The Saatchi Gallery, London: ‘Damien Hirst’

Tate Gallery, London: ‘Pharmacy’

Dallas Museum of Art, Taxas: ‘Pharmacy’
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin: ‘Currents 23’

Third International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul: ‘Damien Hirst’

Serpentine Gallery, London: ‘Broken English’

Surrey Docks, London: ‘Freeze’

Further reading


All are available at the gallery for reference.

Francesco Bonami, For Heaven’s Sake, London 2011.
Arthur C. Danto and James Frey, Damien Hirst: The Complete Medicine Cabinets, L&M Arts, New York 2010.
Damien Hirst: Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, 3 vols., 2 booklets. Auction Catalogue, Sotheby’s, 15 and 16 September 2008.
Will Self ad Rudi Fuchs, Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief, with an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist, exh. cat., White Cube, London 2008.
Ann Tempkin, Color Chart Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2008.
Sarah Kent, Shark Infested Waters: The Saatchi Collection of British Art in the 90s, London 2003.
Gordon Burn, Damien Hirst: The Acquired Inability to Escape. Divided, The Aquired Inability to Escape, inverted and Divided, and other works., exh. cat. Jablonka Galerie, Cologne 1994.
Charles Hall, Damien Hirst: Internal Affairs, exh. Cat., Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1991.

Francesco Bonami, “Damien Hirst: The Exploded View of the Artist,” Flash Art, Summer 1996.
David Batchelor, “Damien Hirst,” Artforum, September 1995.
Jerry Saltz, “More Life: The Work of Damien Hirst,” Art in America, June 1995.
Gordon Burn, “Damien and Death,” Modern Painters, Summer 1992.
Andrew Graham-Dixon, “One Strange Fish,” Vogue, March 1992.
Michael Corris, “Damien Hirst,” Artforum, January 1992.
Adrian Searle, “Love in a Cold Climate,” Artscribe, no. 88, September 1991.
Stuart Morgan, “Life and Death,” Frieze, Summer 1991 (pilot issue).

Selected Public Collections

Broad Art Museum, Michigan.
British Museum, London.
Gemeente Museum, Dan Haag.
Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
Qatar Museum, Doha.
Russian Museum, St Petersburg.
Saatchi Gallery, London.
Tate Modern, London.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Wallace Collection, London.