DAMIEN STEVEN HIRST
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. He is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs). In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.
Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Explaining: “Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else,” Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.