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  • 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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The Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight

A unique colour etching, with photogravure and aquatint, printed from four plates, two aquatint and two colour photogravure, on Velin Arches paper, with full margins,
I. 93 x 85.5 cm (36 5/8 x 33 5/8 in.)
S. 119 x 107.6 cm (46 7/8 x 42 3/8 in.)

signed, dated '2008' and annotated 'U.P.' in pencil (a unique proof), also annotated 'DHS 10377' in pencil on the reverse (Damien Hirst Studio work number), published by The Paragon Press, London,in excellent condition, framed.

£20,000 - 30,000 ♠ †

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