Damien Hirst

Sanctum Dome 2009 by Damien Hirst
Sanctum Dome 2009
Size 96cms x 96cms
Price £POA
Medium Signed Limited Edition Photogravure etching
Edition 59
The Skull Beneath the Skin 2005 by Damien Hirst
The Skull Beneath the Skin 2005
Size 67cms x 100cms
Price £15,000
Medium Signed Limited Edition Silkscreen Print with Diamond Dust on Somerset Satin 410 gsm
Edition 155
Cinchonidine by Damien Hirst
Size 114cms x 112cms
Price £POA
Medium Signed Limited Edition Etching on Paper
Edition 145
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Damien Hirst
£18,000 - £30,000

Damien Hirst is an English artist and entrepreneur. He is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.

Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The best-known of these was The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a clear display case. He has also made "spin paintings", created on a spinning circular surface, and "spot paintings", which are rows of randomly coloured circles created by his assistants.

In September 2008, Hirst made an unprecedented move for a living artist by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, at Sotheby's by auction and bypassing his long-standing galleries. The auction raised £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction as well as Hirst's own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde