His fascination with life, death, and science is a common theme running through Damien Hirst's work. His works provoke awe and revulsion. They invite you to discover the beauty in cruelty. This is also true of "Myth and Legend", the latest edition by Damien Hirst, which was created in a collaboration between Hirst's gallery Other Criteria and the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg.
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989.
Whilst in his second year at Goldsmiths, Hirst conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, a group exhibition that included both his own work and that of his fellow students. The exhibition is commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point not only for Hirst, but for a generation of British artists. For its final phase he painted two series of coloured spots on to the warehouse walls. Hirst describes the spot paintings as a means of “pinning down the joy of colour”, and explains they provided a solution to all the problems he’d previously had with colour. It has become one of the artist’s most prolific and recognisable series, and in 2012 the works were exhibited in a show of unprecedented scale across 11 Gagosian Gallery locations worldwide.
Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995. 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. In 2014 he startet to work with Nymphenburg. Hirst lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.
Official website: http://www.damienhirst.com/