DAMIEN HIRST (B. 1965)

Damien Hirst’s works concern the fundamental dilemmas of human existence and explore the complex relationship between art, life and death.

Existing somewhere between the naive and the disingenuous, his compelling art earned him the Turner Prize in 1995 and his work remains one of the most iconic symbols of modern British art in the 90s.

In 1988 he curated Freeze, the launching point for a generation of British artists. For the show, he painted two series of coloured spots on to the warehouse walls - one of the artist’s most recognisable series. The ‘spot' paintings are named after pharmaceutical stimulants and narcotics, the chemical enhancers of human emotion, and yet take the form of mechanical and unemotional Minimalist paintings.