Damien Hirst

DAMIEN HIRST

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF DEATH


 

Spectacularly, iconoclastically, Damien Hirst's works stage existential themes like life and death. High and popular culture are on an equal footing in Hirst whose art challenges good taste and what is permitted in art.

 

The Four Elements (Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, Green and Blue), 2005

 

 DAMIEN HIRST The Four Elements (Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, Green and Blue), 2005

 

Description
A large canvas in four parts with exotiv butterflies in different colours.

About the work
From a distance the large painting in four parts is beautiful and harmonious. Four identical swarms of butterflies in seductive colours have settled on four large canvases in strong poster-like colours. The result is highly decorative.

Closer scrutiny reveals that the butterflies are not painted on the canvases. They are real, dead butterflies that have been stuck to the wet paint. Suddenly the four large surfaces look like a beautiful, but banal and devious death trap.
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Damien Hirst's art in general
Hirst interprets the universal, existential themes running through art history, making sure to break every taboo in the process. He is conscious of the provocative elements and utilises controversies to force a reaction from the audience.
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Damien Hirst

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Biography

Damien Hirst graduated from Goldsmiths College in London in 1989. Today he lives and works in Devon outside London. When still at school he curated the famous "Freeze" (1988) in the London Docklands.....

For the Love of God, The Diamond Skull, 2007

damien hirst#For the love of God, The Diamond Skull, 2007

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