When it comes to the world of contemporary artists, no discussion would be complete without mentioning the great artist Damien Hirst. He is an English art expert who is passionate about creating and collecting fine art pieces. He an internationally renowned and universally acclaimed person who is apparently the richest living artist in the United Kingdom with an entire wealth of more than £215 million in the year 2010.
This successful and controversial artist was born in Bristol, England in the year 1965. He gained fame with the Young British Artists Movement which took place in late 1980’s. He emerged as a leading character of this movement. Thirty years since that movement, if we look at Hirst now then, he is one of the wealthiest artists on the face of earth.
This artist of British origin has taken the art world with surprise by his unusual works which most famously include the displays of dead animals. If you happen to analyse the artworks created by Damien then you will be able to find a common pattern which is death. Most of his works revolve around this theme only. He gained his popularity among contemporary artists through his masterpiece—The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. Under this artwork he displayed the magnificence of his intellect by immersing a 14-foot long tiger shark into the solution of formaldehyde in a clear display case. Along his other works is the spin paintings and spot paintings which are created on spinning surfaces and rows of random coloured circles respectively.
If we talk about the path breaking moment in his career, then it would have to be his first solo exhibition in 1991 which took place at the Woodstock Street Gallery in London. About a year later he participated in the Young British Artists show at the Saatchi Gallery. Hirst continued the display of his absurd artworks and he set the world on fire with his unique art at Venice Bienniale in 1993 where he showcased “Mother and Child Divided”. Since then there is no looking back for this artist.
The most beautiful feather in Hirst’s cap is the Turner Prize which he won in 1995. In the world of renowned contemporary artists, this is one of the major recognitions. Another accomplishment of this British artist was in 2012 when he was among the ‘British cultural icons’, who were selected by artist Sir Peter Blake. Sir Blake wanted him to appear in the new cover of his most famous and accomplished artwork- the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.