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  • Literature

    The Paragon Press 2001-2006, pp. 200-201

  • 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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Etching and aquatint in colours, on Hahnemühle paper, with full margins.
I. 86 x 177.7 cm (33 7/8 x 69 7/8 in.)
S. 112 x 201 cm (44 1/8 x 79 1/8 in.)

Signed in pencil on the front and numbered 22/115 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by The Paragon Press, London, framed.

£7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for £18,750

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London Auction 23 January 2020