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Damien Hirst. Early Life. Born on June 7, 1965 in Bristol, England Raised Catholic Showed an interest in the grisly and gruesome aspects of life as a young child His mother described him as a morbid child

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early life
Early Life
  • Born on June 7, 1965 in Bristol, England
  • Raised Catholic
  • Showed an interest in the grisly and gruesome aspects of life as a young child
  • His mother described him as a morbid child
  • As a teenager, he was interested in drawing and fascinated with images of disease and injury
  • His father left the family when he was twelve years old
  • His mother supported his passion for drawing
education
Education
  • Studied at the Goldsmith’s College at the University of London
  • During college, he put together a breath-taking exhibit entitled “Freeze” in 1988
  • He soon became well-known for his unusual materials and challenging art concepts
  • One of his early works, “With Dead Head,” illustrates his interest in death
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“With Dead Head,” created in 1992, is a gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum featuring an artist posing next to a severed head in a morgue.

education continued
(Education continued…)
  • Hirst received support from art collector Charles Saatchi, who collected his pieces and lent him financial assistance
  • Hirst’s reputation advanced
career
Career
  • Had his first solo exhibition at the Woodstock Street Gallery in London in 1991
  • Participated in the Young British Artists show where he displayed “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”
  • Became one of the best known artists in Britain because of his gruesome and controversial works
  • Won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1995
  • One of the world’s wealthiest artists today
  • Currently lives in Devon, England with his American girlfriend and their three sons
  • Launched his own skateboard line in 2011
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“For the Love of God”

“The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”

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Sources

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/photographs/damien-hirst-with-dead-head-5128500-details.aspx

http://www.biography.com/people/damien-hirst-20683781?page=1

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