Damien Hirst

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst (born 1965-06-07) is a British artist, the most prominent of the Young British Artists.


  • I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it. At the moment if I did certain things people would look at it, consider it and then say "f off". But after a while you can get away with things.
  • I was with this guy who was a plasterer, and at lunchtime he was eating a stuffed heart . . . I was thinking, "I'm not like these guys. I'm an artist." And I saw a bee come over to some flowers and get all the pollen out. I was looking and thinking, "How does it do that?" And then the guy who was eating the stuffed heart said, "How does that bee do that?"
  • The best spot painting you can have by me is one painted by Rachel.
    • On the Way to Work, p. 82, Faber and Faber, 2001.
    • Most of Hirst's "spot paintings" are executed by assistants.
  • I started taking cocaine and drink ... I turned into a babbling fucking wreck.
    • On the Way to Work, Faber and Faber, 2001.

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