Damien Hirst, a poster boy for the Young British Artists who rose to prominence in late 1980s London, is one of the most notorious artists of his generation. He has pushed the limits of fine art and good taste with sculptures that comprise dead animals submerged in formaldehyde; innumerable spot paintings that appear mass-produced and can sell for millions of dollars; and the exuberantly tacky For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. Through his installations, sculptures, drawings, and paintings, Hirst explores themes including religion, mortality, and desire. Since 1988, when the artist developed and curated “Freeze,” a groundbreaking exhibition of his work and
A single photogravure etching with hand-colouring in gouache.
Edition of 58. Signed by the artist on the front and numbered on the reverse.
The example currently being offered, with the rare addition by the artist of a 'smiley' face within the signature.
There are few artworks that have provoked as much praise and criticism as Hirst’s For the Love of God, a skull cast in platinum encrusted with diamonds, first unveiled at a solo show at White Cube in 2007 in London. This was Hirst’s most expensive artwork to date. Travelling around the world, the diamond skull was also exhibited the following year at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, where it was displayed alongside Hirst’s personal selection f