Damien Hirst

 
Hirst-Opium-Print-LG
Opium, 2000
Lambda on Gloss Fuji Archive
18 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches
Edition of 500
Signed lower right corner
$8,500
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Artist Biography:

Damien Hirst (British, b. 1965) works across disciplines, creating paintings, prints, sculpture, and large-scale installations. The so-called “bad boy of British art” has provoked strong reactions from critics since the late 1980s, when he rose to celebrity with the YBAs (Young British Artists), a generation of creatives who are known for, among other things, "shock tactics." Among the earliest champions of Hirst’s work was advertising mogul and art collector Charles Saatchi, who first exhibited the artist’s 13-foot tiger shark in formaldehyde, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991). Having now shown at the world’s most prestigious museums, galleries, and biennials, Tate Modern will mount Hirst’s first retrospective exhibition in 2012. He was awarded their esteemed Turner Prize in 1995.

About the Work:

Opium represents the first time Hirst created a signed edition based on his famous "spot paintings." This edition plays on his fascination with the human experience, particularly life and death, at the intersection of popular culture and fine art. Titled after pharmaceutical ingredients, Opium is part of a series of methodical, precisionist geometric works that exist in contrast to Hirst's unpredictable "spin paintings."

Market Information:

Damien Hirst's consistent demand in the art market keeps his prices high. This print is available at certain galleries for $11,500. If you would like to own a great work by one of the most controversial living artists, we invite you to consider purchasing Opium. There is minimal risk to owning this piece as it is readily marketable and attractively priced.


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