Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, London
    Private Collection, Norway
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 11 May 2012, lot 215
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘I thought all the paintings I’ve done were about a sort of imaginary mechanical painter – like the spin paintings: like a machine that paints.’ – (Damien Hirst, quoted in ‘A Conversation John Hoyland and Damien Hirst’, 2009, damienhirst.com, online)

  • Artist Biography

    Damien Hirst

    British • 1965

    There is no other contemporary artist as maverick to the art market as Damien Hirst. Foremost among the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of provocative artists who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s, Hirst ascended to stardom by making objects that shocked and appalled, and that possessed conceptual depth in both profound and prankish ways.

    Regarded as Britain's most notorious living artist, Hirst has studded human skulls in diamonds and submerged sharks, sheep and other dead animals in custom vitrines of formaldehyde. In tandem with Cheyenne Westphal, now Chairman of Phillips, Hirst controversially staged an entire exhibition directly for auction with 2008's "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," which collectively totalled £111 million ($198 million).

    Hirst remains genre-defying and creates everything from sculpture, prints, works on paper and paintings to installation and objects. Another of his most celebrated series, the 'Pill Cabinets' present rows of intricate pills, cast individually in metal, plaster and resin, in sterilized glass and steel containers; Phillips New York showed the largest of these pieces ever exhibited in the United States, The Void, 2000, in May 2017.

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Beautiful Exploded Aquarium Painting

signed and dated 'Damien Hirst 2007' on the reverse
household gloss on canvas
121.9 x 121.9 cm (47 7/8 x 47 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2007.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £137,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 October 2018