Damien Hirst

(British, b. 1965)

amniotic fluid by damien hirst

Damien Hirst

Amniotic Fluid, 2011

esculetin by damien hirst

Damien Hirst

Esculetin, 2012

isovanillin by damien hirst

Damien Hirst

Isovanillin, 2012



Born in Bristol, UK
Took a foundation course at Leeds School of Art, Leeds, UK
1986 - 1989
Graduated with a BA in Fine Art, Goldsmith College, London, UK
Curated the student exhibition, Freeze, in a warehouse at Surrey Docks in East London, UK
Received the DAAD fellowship in Berlin, Germany
Was awarded with the Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2013:
All You Need IS LOVE, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Modern Print Masters Stock, The Watermill, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland
Große Gefühle, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Germany
Don't Be Shy, Don't Hold Back, The Logan Collection At Sfmoma, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA, USA
Sous influences - arts plastiques et psychotropes, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Damien Hirst: Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade - Paintings and Colour Charts, White Cube, Hong Kong, SAR
Group Show, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, SAR
To Be With Art Is All We Ask, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway
13 Rooms, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, Australia
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2012:
Tate Modern, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Paul Stolper Gallery, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
Gagosian Gallery, 11 locations worldwide (solo exhibition)
White Cube, Bermondsey, London, UK
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2011:
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Bienal pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK
Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany
Songeun Artspace, Seoul, Korea
Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
Leeds City Gallery, Leeds, UK
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
Prada Foundation, Venice, Italy
Gagosian, Rome, Italy
Tate Britain, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2010:
Visual/Conceptual, National Center For Contemporary Art (NCCA)—Moscow Branch, Moscow, Russia
FYI – The Reflected Gaze Self Portraiture Today, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, USA
Theology, Philosophy, Medicine, Justice, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2009:
Life, Death and Love, Galerie Rudolfinum; Prague, Czech Republic (solo exhibition)
Requiem, PinchukArtCentre / PAC, Kiev, Ukraine (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2008:
You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, White Cube, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, Sotheby’s Auction, London, UK
For the Love of God, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2007:
Damien Hirst, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX, USA (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst, Galería Hilario Galguera and Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico (solo exhibition)
New Religion, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy (solo exhibition)
Beyond Belief, White Cube, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Stations of the Cross, Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria (solo exhibition)
New Religion, Paul Stolper Gallery; Wallspace, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Superstition, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; London, UK (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2006:
Aftershock: Contemporary British Art 1990–2006, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
How To Improve The World, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Surprise Surprise, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, USA
Picture This, The Bargehouse, London, UK
Corpus: Drawings 1981–2006, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
A Thousand Years & Triptychs, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK (solo exhibition)
The Death of God. Towards a Better Understanding of a Life Without God Aboard the Ship of Fools, Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, Mexico (solo exhibition)
Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Motion On Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2005:
A Selection of Works by Damien Hirst from Various Collections, MFA Boston, Boston, MA, USA (solo exhibition)
New Religion, Paul Stolper, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst. Works on Paper, Robert Sandelson, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst, Astrup Fearnley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst, Static Gallery, Liverpool, UK (solo exhibition)
The Elusive Truth, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst. In A Spin, Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate, UK (solo exhibition)
Damien Hirst – Works on Paper, Andipa Gallery, London, UK (solo exhibition)
Bock mit Inhalt, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Imageless Icons: Abstract Thoughts, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
Major Prints, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA
Damien Hirst Exhibitions in 2004:
Damien Hirst, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Germany (solo exhibition)
The Agony and The Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989–2004, Archaeological Museum, Naples (solo exhibition), Italy
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
Intra-muros, MAMAC, Nice, France
Paper Democracy, Contemporary Art in Editions on Paper, Edifício Cultura Inglesa, São Paulo, Brazil
What’s Modern? , Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Turning Points: 20th Century British Sculpture, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Tate Britain, London, UK
Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

Public Collections

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Neatherlands
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
Tate Modern, London, UK
Tate Britain, London, UK
Hiscox Art Projects, London, UK
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, USA


Damien Hirst by Ann Gallagher
The Complete Medicine Cabinets by Damien Hirst, James Frey, Arthur C Danto and Steve Jones
Bracewell, Michael. Requiem I & II Slipcase Edition. London, UK; Kiev, Ukraine: Other Criteria / Pinchuk Art Centre, 2009 (catalogues)
Bracewell M., Burn G. and Macaulay Michael. Beautiful Inside My Head Forever. London, UK: Sotheby's, 2008 (catalogue)
Fuchs, Rudi, Damien Hirst, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Will Self. Beyond Belief. London, UK: Other Criteria and Jay Jopling / White Cube, 2008 (catalogue)
Miller, Harland. You dig the tunnel, I’ll hide the soil. London, UK: Jay Jopling / White Cube, 2008
Superstition. New York: Other Criteria / Gagosian Gallery, 2007 (catalogue)
Fuchs R., Kausmally T., Swain H. and Bill White. For the Love of God The Making of the Diamond Skull. London, UK: Other Criteria and Jay Jopling / White Cube, 2007
The Elusive Truth. New York: Other Criteria / Gagosian Gallery, 2006 (catalogue)
The Death of God. London, UK: Other Criteria, 2006 (catalogue)
Baker, Simon. Corpus: Drawings 1981 - 2006. New York: Other Criteria / Gagosian Gallery, 2006 (catalogue)
Hirst, Damien,Burn, Gordon. I Want To Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now. London, UK: Other Criteria, 2006
Peyton-Jones J., Miller H. and Obrist H.U. In the darkest hour there may be light - Works from Damien Hirst. London, UK:Other Criteria / Serpentine Gallery, 2006 (catalogue)
New Religion. London, UK: Other Criteria / Paul Stolper Gallery (catalogue)
The Elusive Truth, New Paintings. London, UK: Other Criteria, 2005 (catalogue)
Shani, Annushka. From the Cradle to the Grave, Selected Drawings. London: Other Criteria, 2004
Cicelyn Eduardo and Codognato Mario. Damien Hirst. Edited by the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples, Italy: Electa, 2004 (catalogue)
Shani, Annushka. Romance in the Age of Uncertainty. London, UK: Jay Jopling / White Cube, 2003 (catalogue)
Burn, Gordon. On the Way to Work - Damien Hisrst. London, UK: Faber and Faber, 2001