Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, United Kingdom in 1965. He attended Goldsmith’s College and in 1988 curated the student exhibition Freeze, bringing together a group of young British artists that would become renowned contemporary artists in the 1990s. In 1992, the Saatchi Gallery displayed the ground breaking show Young British Artists in which Hirst exhibited Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, consisting of a tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde. In 1995, Hirst won the Turner Prize—an annual prize named after painter J.M.W Turner presented to a British artist under the age of 50-years-old, for their work.
Hirst explores human experiences such as love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through a variety of media, including painting (Spot paintings and Spin paintings), medicine cabinet sculptures, glass tank installations, and drawings.
Hirst has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major institutions such as P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Tate Britain, London; TateModern, London; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; Astrup Fearnley Museet für ModerneKunst, Oslo; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Dallas Museum, Texas; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.
The artist currently works and lives in London and Devon, United Kingdom.