Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. During his studies at London's Goldsmiths College, he founded and curated “Freeze”, a collective exhibition for which he painted two series of coloured dots on the walls of the warehouse. That was the debut of Hirst's successful artistic career and of an entire generation of British artists. Hirst describes the dots as a means to “capture the joy of colour” and explains that he resolved all of the issues he had with colour up to now. To this day, they are among the artist's most effective and distinctive works. Since 1987 Damien Hirst has had over 80 solo exhibitions worldwide and his works have been included in over 260 collective exhibitions. In 2012 the London Tate Modern dedicated an extensive retrospective to him.