Damien Hirst

Born 1965, Bristol, England; lives in London, England.

British artist Damien Hirst was at the forefront of the remarkable “Young British Artists” movement  spearheaded by the famed art collector Charles Saatchi in the early 1990s. Hirst obtained instant celebrity and much critical acclaim when he had exhibited his early controversial works entitled The Natural History, which included submerged animals suspended in tanks of formaldehyde.  From that point on, Damien Hirst continually challenged the boundaries between art and science, the media, and popular culture. He continues to focus his work on the themes of human experience and mortality. 

             
Damien Hirst has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. In 1994, Hirst received the prestigious DAAD fellowship in Berlin and the coveted Turner Prize in 1995, in London. Damien Hirst’s most recent exhibitions include "Damien Hirst" Portland Art Museum, 2007, "Stations of the Cross" Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, 2007, "Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990-2006" Capital Museum, Beijing, and "Turner Prize: A Retrospective" Tate Britain, 2007.