Damien Hirst is an internationally renowned British artist and businessman known for his intriguing artworks which involve the use of preserved dead animals and for being a very prominent member of the visual artists group, the Young British Artists (YBAs). One of his most famous artworks is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, which he created in 1991.
From 1992 to 2012, he was in a romantic relationship with Maia Norman, with whom he fathered three children. Although he and Norman never tied the knot, he often called her his "common-law wife".
According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2010, his estimated net worth was £215 million as of 2010. He therefore made history by becoming the richest living artist in Britain.
He battled serious drug and alcohol addiction in the 1990s.
Being best is a false goal, you have to measure success on your own terms.Damien Hirst
But I think it's more that when you're young, you're invincible, you're immortal - or at least you think you are. The possibilities are limitless, you're inventing the future. Then you get older and suddenly you have a history. It's fixed. You can't change anything. I find that a bit disturbing, to be honest.Damien Hirst
Great art - or good art - is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don't think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different.Damien Hirst
I always feel like the art's there and I just see it, so it's not really a lot of work.Damien Hirst
I have always been aware that you have to get people listening before you can change their minds. Any artist's big fear is being ignored, so if you get debate, that's great.Damien Hirst
I think I like big issues, but I don't believe in God or religion.Damien Hirst
I was taught to confront things you can't avoid. Death is one of those things. To live in a society where you're trying not to look at it is stupid because looking at death throws us back into life with more vigour and energy. The fact that flowers don't last for ever makes them beautiful.Damien Hirst
I've been asked to do a retrospective since I was about 28 and I always thought that was a bit odd. It's great to look forward as an artist because in the future the possibilities are infinite you look back and it's all fixed so it's a scary thing.Damien Hirst
In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.Damien Hirst
No, I don't believe in genius. I believe in freedom. I think anyone can do it. Anyone can be like Rembrandt.Damien Hirst
Since I was a child, death is definitely something that I think about every day. But I think that everybody does. You try and avoid it, but it's such a big thing that you can't.Damien Hirst
The difference between art about death and actual death is that one's a celebration and the other's a dull fact.Damien Hirst
The idea of going on tour for the rest of my life with old works is not that exciting. As an artist I definitely think the work in future is going to be better than the work in the past, otherwise why do it?Damien Hirst
is a famous English painter,
who was born on
June 7, 1965. As a person born on this date, Damien Hirst is listed in our database as the 14th
most popular celebrity for the day (June 7) and the 68th most popular for the year (1965).
People born on June 7
fall under the Zodiac sign of Gemini, the Twins.
Damien Hirst is the 353rd most popular Gemini.
Aside from information specific to Damien Hirst's birthday, Damien Hirst is the 396th most famous English and ranks 13th in famous people born in Bristol, England, UK.
In general, Damien Hirst ranks as the 4193rd
most popular famous person, and the 35th most popular painter of all time.
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