Flirting with death (Damien Hirst)

He is an artist, entrepreneur and art collector. A member of the Young British Artists(a group who dominated the british art scene during the 90’s) and the richest British living artist. Today the Angel Orensanz Foundation blog is talking about Damien Hisrt. Born on June of 1965 in Bristol, he got his BA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in 1989. While in university, he did his first called “Freeze” mixing his works and pieces from fellow students at Goldsmiths. That first display got the public’s attention.


It has been more than 25 years since then and the British artist has become one of the most prominent figures in the art world of his generation. His most known work , which became the symbol of British art worldwide, is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a “aquarium”.


The name of the art installation has a lot of meaning, since Damien Hirst has flair with death. The interest comes from his teenage years, when he would go to the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School in order to make life drawings of what he saw. But as much as he explores the theme, he tries to run from it in real life. And that is one of the reasons he likes to do his works in series. In his words: “If you say something twice, it’s pretty convincing. It’s more convincing than if you say it once.(…)I think it’s also an implication of endlessness, which kind of theoretically helps you avoid death.”

Damien Hirst works in various platforms as he explores the boundaries between life, death, reason, faith, desire and fear. All of that in a path that flirts with the science world.

 “Art is always very simple, or good art is always very simple. I took science in the way that Picasso took the bike seat and the handlebars and made the bull’s head. I mean, there’s nothing complicated about it. Science seemed to be getting people’s attention and art didn’t, so I hitched a ride on that. “

sources: wikipedia, damienhirst

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