I Once Was What You Are You Will Be What I Am; and For the Love of God, Beyond Belief

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    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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I Once Was What You Are You Will Be What I Am; and For the Love of God, Beyond Belief

2006/07
Three etchings, on wove paper, with full margins.
one I. 37.7 x 30.4 cm (14 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.)
one S. 50 x 40.7 cm (19 5/8 x 16 in.)
two I. 25.1 x 17.6 cm (9 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
two S. approx. 34.2 x 26.2 cm (13 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.)

I Once Was What You Are You Will Be What I Am signed and dedicated 'for Jess' in pencil, from a series of unpublished proofs printed as a Christmas present for Damien Hirst's employees at his studio, For the Love of God, Beyond Belief numbered 133/300 in pencil on both sheets, one signed and dedicated 'for Jess xxx' in pencil, the other annotated 'J.O.' in pencil, two prints from a series gifted to Damien Hirst's employee's in 2007 who worked on Beyond Belief and For The Love of God, three prints in two frames.

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£1,500 - 2,000 

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London Auction 12 September 2019