Damien Hirst studied at Goldsmiths College in London and first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated “Freeze,” an exhibition of his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths. In the near quarter century since that pivotal show, Hirst has become one of the most prominent artists of his generation. Many of his works are widely recognized, from the shark suspended in formaldehyde, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) and his spot, spin and butterfly paintings, through to later works such as the diamond skull For the Love of God (2007).

Throughout his work, Hirst takes a direct and challenging approach to ideas about existence. His work calls into question our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate desire and fear, life and death, reason and faith, love and hate. Hirst uses the tools and iconography of science and religion, creating sculptures and paintings whose beauty and intensity offer the viewer insight into art that transcends our familiar understanding of those domains.



Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst
Bristol, 1965

Past Exhibitions

Damien Hirst: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

Palazzo Grassi
09/04/2017 — 03/12/2017

Damien Hirst: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

Palazzo Grassi
Punta della Dogana
09/04/2017 — 03/12/2017

Curated by?

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
30/06/2016 — 16/10/2016

Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016

Kunstmuseum Basel
19/04/2016 — 18/09/2016

Damien Hirst: Black Scalpel Cityscapes

White Cube, São Paulo 11/11/2014 — 31/01/2015

Solo Shows

Visual Candy and Natural History, Gagosian, Hong Kong Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

New Religion, A. Kasteev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2015 Damien Hirst, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway ARTIST ROOMS, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, United Kingdom LOVE, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Black Scalpel Cityscapes, White Cube São Paolo, São Paulo, Brazil Schizophrenogenesis, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Signification (Hope, Immortality and Death in Paris, Now and Then), Deyrolle, Paris, France
The Psalms, McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Relics, ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings and Colour Charts, White Cube Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Two Weeks One Summer, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
ARTIST ROOMS, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, United Kingdom
Two Weeks One Summer, White Cube Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom Damien Hirst, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
The Quay Restaurant, The Quay Restaurant, Illfracombe, Devon, United Kingdom Utopia, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011, Gagosian Gallery, eleven locations worldwide

Group Shows

What Absence Is Made Of, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, United States
Turkish Tulips, The Bowes Museum, Durham, United Kingdom
ARK, Chester Cathedral, Chester, United Kingdom
Sculpture in the City, London, United Kingdom
Fragile State, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine
Colori: L’emozione dei colori nell’arte, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy


Jubilee, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, United Kingdom
Sculpture on the Move 1946-2016, Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
William Hunter to Damien Hirst: The Dead Teach the Living, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, United Kingdom
At Home, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Money, Good and Evil: A Visual History of Economics, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden Museum and Casino Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Les Fleurs du Mal, Nahmad Contemporary Gallery, New York, United States
Life Itself, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out, Denver Art Museum, Denver, United States
In Different Ways, Almine Rech Gallery, London, United Kingdom Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan


Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, United States
Beverly Hills 20-Year Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, 1995–2015, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Black Sun, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
The Big Blue, Ordovas, London, United Kingdom
Beyond Limits: Sotheby’s at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, United Kingdom
Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom
What We Call Love: From Surrealism to Now, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Dismaland, Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Sculpture in the City, City of London, Undershaft, London, United Kingdom
Bibelot, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece


Sculptors’ Jewellery, Pangolin London, United Kingdom
La Gioia: Through the eyes of three Italian art collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Self, Ordovas, London, United Kingdom Late Harvest, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, United States
Crucible 2, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, United Kingdom
Index 4: Proposals for the era of simulation, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, Mexico
ArtLovers: Stories of art in the Pinault Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Odyssey, The Church of St Edmund The King, London, United Kingdom
Icastica, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo, Italy
14 Rooms, Art Basel, Switzerland


Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
À triple tour: Collection Pinault, Conciergerie, Paris, France
Candy: Felix Gonzalez-Torres | Damien Hirst, Blain | Southern, London, United Kingdom
Happy Birthday: Galerie Perrotin / 25 years, Tripostal / Lille3000, Lille, France The Anatomy Lesson, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands British British Polish Polish: Art from Europe’s Edges in the Long ’90s and Today, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Framed by Ted Noten, Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Collection Platform 4: Emotion and Technology, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
All You Need Is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Staring Back, Museum of National Taipei University of Education (MoNTUE), Taipei, Taiwan


Don’t Be Shy, Don’t Hold Back: The Logan Collection at SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, United States
Painting Without Paint, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
To Hope, To Tremble, To Live, The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Beyond Reality: British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Rouge, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London
12 Rooms: Ruhr Triennale 2012, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany Chamberlain, Gursky, Hirst, Kusama, Prince, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, United States
Covent Garden Spin Paintings, Covent Garden Market, London, United Kingdom

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Bristol Date of birth: 1965