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Damien Hirst

(1965-), Artist

Sitter in 7 portraits
Damien Hirst began his career within the publicity hungry art world in 1988 with the organisation of the exhibition Freeze. The exhibition helped launch the career of a number of artists dubbed YBAs (Young British Artists) whose work was subsequently shown in the notorious Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1998. The now famous motifs of his work range from preserved animals in tanks to spot paintings. Won Turner Prize in 1995 with work including Mother and Child Divided (half a cow and half a calf). Opened Pharmacy restaurant (1998). The 24 rooms of the new Saatchi Gallery (opened April 2003) at County Hall, London include the first Damien Hirst retrospective.

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Damien Hirst; Jay Jopling, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x88991

Damien Hirst; Jay Jopling

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide print, 5 November 1992
NPG x88991

Damien Hirst, by Fergus Greer - NPG x126809

Damien Hirst

by Fergus Greer
bromide fibre print, 1992
NPG x126809

Damien Hirst, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87387

Damien Hirst

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide print, 22 May 1997
NPG x87387

Damien Hirst, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87815

Damien Hirst

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, 22 May 1997
NPG x87815

Kate Moss; Damien Hirst, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87679

Kate Moss; Damien Hirst

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, January 1997
NPG x87679

Damien Hirst, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x126054

Damien Hirst

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, March 2003
NPG x126054

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Damien Hirst; Connor Hirst

by Harry Borden
C-type colour print, 22 January 1999
NPG x128161

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