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Damien Hirst Signed Prints & Originals

Biography for Damien Hirst

Born 1966

Damien Hirst has become a British art phenomenon since winning the Turner Prize in 1995.

Damien Hirst’s work as a sculptor, installation artist, painter and master print maker has both amazed and made him no stranger to controversy. Damien Hirst’s wide-ranging practise-installations, sculpture, painting and drawing-has sought to challenge the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. Damien Hirst’s energy and inventiveness, and his consistently visceral, visually arresting work, has made him a leading artist of his generation.

Damien Hirst explores the uncertainty at the core of human experience; love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through unexpected and unconventional media. Best known for the ‘Natural History’ works, which present animals in vitrines suspended in formaldehyde such as the iconic ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ (1991) and ‘Mother and Child Divided’ (1993), Damien Hirst’s works recast fundamental questions concerning the meaning of life and the fragility of biological existence. For Damien Hirst, the vitrine functions as both window and barrier, seducing the viewer into the work visually while providing a minimalist geometry to frame, contain and objectify his subject. In many of Damien Hirst’s sculptures of the 1990s, such as ‘The Acquired Inability to Escape'(1991) and ‘The Asthmatic Escaped’ (1992) a human presence was implied through the inclusion of relic-like objects: clothes, cigarettes, ashtrays, tables and chairs. That implied human presence became explicit in ‘Ways of Seeing’ (2000), a vitrine sculpture with a figure of a laboratory technician seated at a desk looking through a microscope. The more celebratory work ‘Hymn’ (2000), a polychrome bronze sculpture, reveals the anatomical musculature and internal organs of the human body on a monumental scale.

Damien Hirst is equally renowned for his paintings. These include his ‘Butterfly Paintings’, tableaux of actual butterflies suspended in paint, or in ‘Amazing Revelations’ (2003), for instance, Damien Hirst arranged thousands of butterfly wings in a mandala-like pattern. Damien Hirst’s mandala-like butterfly etchings include a set of Cathedral Prints; Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Duomo’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Hagia Sophia’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Notre Dame’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Orvieto’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Palais des Papes’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘Santiago de Compostela’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘St Paul’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Cathedral Print ‘St Peter’. A set of Psalm prints; Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Ad te, Domine, levavi’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Benedictus Dominus (3ft)’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Coeli enarrant’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print’Confitebor tibi’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘deus, Deus meus’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Diligam te, Domine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Dixit insipiens’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domine, Dominus noster’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘domine, in virtute tua’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domine, ne in furore’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domini est terra’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domino Confido’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Exaudi, Domine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘exaudi, Domine’ (3ft). Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Exaudiat te dominus’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Quare fremuerunt gentes ?’ Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Usque quo, Domine?’ Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Verba mea auribus’. A set of Psalm prints with diamond dust; Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Ad te, Domine, levavi’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Benedictus Dominus’ (3ft) Diamond dust’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Coeli enarrant’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print, ‘Confitebor tibi’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘deus, Deus meus’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Diligam te, Domine’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Dixit insipiens’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domine, Dominus noster’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘domine, in virtute tua’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domine, ne in furore’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domini est terra’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Domino Confido’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Exaudi, Domine’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘exaudi, Domine’ (3ft) Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Exaudiat te dominus’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Quare fremuerunt gentes ?’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Usque quo, Domine?’ Diamond dust. Damien Hirst, print, signed, Psalm Print ‘Verba mea auribus’ Diamond dust. A set of Sanctum etchings; Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Belfry’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Chancel’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Dome’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Minaret’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Spire’. Damien Hirst, print, signed, ‘Sanctum Altar’.

Damien Hirst’s Butterfly prints also include butterflies encrusted on hearts. The butterflies, captured on the plane of rich gloss paint – like luminous fly-paper – are among Damien Hirst’s most famous motifs, emblematic as they are of the fleetingness of life, and the romance of death. Blending the optimistic sentiments of the Beatles with Damien Hirst’s own delicate musings on mortality, the print finds the butterflies seemingly suspended in celebration, the vibrancy of their wings never diminishing, not even in death. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘All you need is Love, Love, Love’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘All you need is Love, Love, Love’, diamond dust. And five butterflies on a cream back ground; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘All you need is Love’.

In a series of Single Butterflies, Damien Hirst’s butterfly etchings are rendered in fine detail, appearing from their black backgrounds like encased species in the enthusiast’s collection. Having been depicted in art, embedded in resin and characterized in literature for many centuries, the butterfly has wide significance as a symbol of love, regeneration, fortune, freedom, spirituality and death, several of which are referenced in the etchings’ titles. Part of the heritage and visual identity of Hirst’s work since his early days, they are the newest additions to one of his most popular motif; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Emerge’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Eternal Rest’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Fate’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Hope’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Life’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Prosperity’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Providence’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Regeneration’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Renewal’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Reveal’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Spirit’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To Begin’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To Belie’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To Belong’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To Lose’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To love’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘To Lure’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Tribulation’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Serpentine prints soul’. And oversized single butterflies in the Jacobs Ladder series; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Green Red.) Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Red). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Small yellow). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Yellow). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Green). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Souls on Jacob’s Ladder take their Flight’ (Blue).

Damien Hirst’s ‘Spin’ paintings are made with a machine that centrifugally disperses the paint steadily poured onto a shaped canvas surface. Damien Hirst’s spin etchings are; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘All around the World’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Burning Wheel’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Catherine wheel’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Circles in the Sand’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Follow my Leader’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Global a go go for Joe’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Helter Skelter’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘How to disappear completely’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I get Around’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘In a Spin’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘In the Groove’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘My Way’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Orbital’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Revolution’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Ring a ring of Roses’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Spin, Spin, Sugar’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Spinning Around’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Spinning Wheel’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ”Throw it Around’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Tie a yellow ribbon round the Old Oak Tree’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Twist’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Twist and Shout’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Twisted Insobriety’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Vortex’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Wheel meet Again’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Wheel within a Wheel’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Windmills of my Mind’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘You throw a Melon at my Head’.

Damien Hirst’s ‘Spot’ series have a rigorous grid of uniform sized dots and are named after pharmaceutical stimulants and narcotics, the chemical enhancers of human emotion, and yet take the form of mechanical and unemotional minimalist images as in; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Oleoylsarcosine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Doxylamine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Ellipticine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Ehhidium Bromide Aqueous Solution’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Bromphenol Blue’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Xylene Cynol Dye Solution’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Tetrahydrcannabinol’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Cephalothin’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Pyronin Y’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Flumequine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Ciclopirox Olamine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Cinchonidine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Cineole’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Diacetoxyscirpenol’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Methamphetamine’. Lambda print; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Valium’. Lambda print; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘LSD’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Quene 1-AM’. And a series of metallic spot prints; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Aurous Iodide’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Carvacrol’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Gold Thioglucose’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Histidyl’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Lepidine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Proctolin’. Joyous and alluring, the texture of these newly produced metallic Spot prints is brightly juxtaposed with the smooth, pure colours of the print and is proof of the mutability and boldness of this series of Hirst’s works.

In 2007, Damien Hirst unveiled arguably his most provocative work ‘For the Love of God’; a life-sized platinum cast of a human skull, covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé set diamonds. Without precedent within art history, the work is a traditional memento mori, an object that addresses the transience of human existence. A series of skull silk screen prints followed; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God, Believe’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God, Laugh’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God, The Diamond Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God, Shine’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘For the Love God, Pray’. And a series of skull etchings; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Victory over Death’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 1). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 2).Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 3). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 4). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 5). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am’ (Skull 6). Followed in 2009 by the portfolio box of 30 foil block prints; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Topaz Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Chilli Red Lime Green Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Chocolate Oriental Gold Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Gunmetal Lime Green Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Fuchsia Pink Lime Green Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Imperial Purple Silver Gloss Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Island Copper Raven Black Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Oriental Gold Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Lime Green Loganberry Pink Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Gunmetal Prairie Copper Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Loganberry Pink Lime Green Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Oriental Gold Loganberry Pink Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Lime Green Racing Green Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Panama Copper Turquoise Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Racing Green Chilli Red Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Chocolate Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Island Copper Silver Gloss Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Racing Green Raven Black Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Lime Green Raven Black Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Loganberry Pink Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Turquoise Cool Gold Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Racing Green Island Copper Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Oriental Gold Turquoise Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Westminster Blue Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Imperial Purple Oriental Gold Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Turquoise panama Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Loganberry Pink Oriental Gold Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Lime Green Island Copper Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Silver Gloss Gunmetal Skull’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Westminster Blue Silver Gloss Skull’.

Damien Hirst quote’s “I like the way art works, the way it brightens people’s lives up…but I was having difficulty convincing the people around me that it was worth believing in. And then I noticed that they were believing in medicine in the same way that I wanted them to believe in art”. In 1999 ‘The Last Supper Portfolio’ was produced; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Beans and Chips’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Chicken’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Corned Beef’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Cornish Pasty’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Dumpling’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Liver Bacon Onions’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Meatballs’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Mushrooms’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Omlette’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Salad’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Sandwich’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Sausages’. Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Steak and Kidney’. And a set of pharmaceutical prints were produced in association for the New York Exhibition ‘Elusive Truth’ in 2005; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Six Pills (small). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Six Pills (large). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Two Pills (large). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Two Pills (small). Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Pharmaceuticals’.

In 2009 The Wallace collection hosted an Exhibition of 25 new paintings by Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst had returned to the solitary practice of painting. Since the start of his career, Damien Hirst has challenged what it means to be an artist. ‘No Love Lost’ Blue Paintings bears witness to a bold new direction in his work: a series of paintings that, in the artist’s words are “deeply connected to the past.” The exhibition at the Wallace Collection, arguably the most intimate national museum in the world, was significant. In contrast to the white walls of a contemporary gallery, Damien Hirst opted to present these works in a classical environment, in the context of Old Master paintings in the great European tradition. Damien Hirst’s works engaged in a dramatic visual dialogue with the works of art displayed in the adjacent sumptuous rooms. In association with the exhibition a silk screen print was produced; Damien Hirst, print, signed ‘Skull with Ashtray and Lemon’.

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