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British artist Damien Hirst has produced a set of four unique, limited edition golden skulls exclusively for art-based publishing company Other Criteria.
The skull is one of a number of recurring motifs not only in Damien Hirst’s work, but also in art history in general, and in this series Hirst has introduced it into another area of his oeuvre. The technique applied is simple, but the outcome implies complex ideas about mortality and the history of mankind, and although these works deny a specific anthropological or historical reading, the results are compelling, being celebratory and seductive, as well as ominous and haunting.
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. Hirst’s first major retrospective ”The Agony and the Ecstasy” was held in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples in 2004. His contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades was recognised in 2012 with a major retrospective of his work staged at Tate Modern.
Hirst lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.