Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol but grew up in Leeds, studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College from 1986 to 1989. He famously curated the initial ‘Freeze’ exhibition at this time, which developed into the important “Frieze” shows of today.
Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and has continued to attract publicity ever since with works exploring themes of death, technology, religion, science and beauty. From preserving a shark in a tank of formaldehyde solution to creating a platinum cast skull embellished with 8,601 perfect diamonds, his work decorates and disguises death.
His pills question the false hopes we hold against its inevitability and the butterflies illustrate the fragility of our existence. Damien Hirst has risen through the ranks to become not only the richest, but probably also the most famous artist in the world.