Thursday, 19 August 2010


Covering the subject of decay I could not ignore the work of the artist Damien Hirst who's shock art has given him the status of a super star in the art world. His dead animals in tanks of formaldehyde caused huge outcry's in the art-world initially but over time have been accepted by critics as pieces of pure genius.

His work is now sold for millions of pounds - he pickled an entire shark and somebody paid $17 million dollars for it when it went on the open market.

His art consistently confronts the viewer with the fragility of life. He is one of the most prominent artists to have emerged from the British art scene in the 1990s. His role not only as an artist but as a curator has proved fundamental in the development of a generation of young British artists who have come to international prominence.

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, UK. He lives and works in London and Devon. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Re-Object, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2007), Into Me / Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006), the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Tate Britain (2004), 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and Century City, Tate Modern (2001). Solo exhibitions include Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005) and Archaeological Museum, Naples (2004). Damien Hirst won the Turner Prize in 1995.

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