Damien Hirst is a British Conceptual artist known for his controversial take on beauty and found-art objects. Along with Liam Gillick, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, Hirst was part of the Young British Artists movement that rose to prominence in the early 1990s. As a student at Goldsmiths College in London, his work caught the eye of the collector and gallerist Charles Saatchi, who became an early patron helped to launch his successful and lucrative career.
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized. The artist went on to win the coveted Turner Prize in 1995. His works are held in the collections including the Tate Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Rubell Family Collection in Miami and the Pinault Collection in Venice.