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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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Making Beautiful Drawings

1994
Artist's book, containing a unique spin painting in gouache in colours, on paper, with text and 21 reproductive illustrations (seven in colours), all bound (as issued), softback with stiff wrappers with printed title.
book 23 x 14.8 cm (9 x 5 7/8 in.)
The drawing signed, dated, annotated 'OD' (Original Drawing) and numbered 23/100 in black ink, one of 100 unique variants (there was also a book edition of 800 without the drawing), published by Bruno Brunnet Fine Arts, Berlin, on the occasion of their exhibition, Damien Hirst: Making Beautiful Drawings, 15 January - 5 February 1994.

Estimate
£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £4,750

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London Auction 7 June 2018