Beginning his artistic career in the late 1980s, Damien Hirst has risen to become one of the most prominent and most controversial contemporary artists worldwide. He was a member of the movement dubbed the “Young British Artists” (YBAs) that dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and is believed to be the wealthiest British artist living today, reported by The Times to be worth £215 million in their 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. He is famous for the use of animals in his work, characteristically suspended in formaldehyde and encased in glass vitrines, as well as his spin and spot paintings. The complex issues surrounding mortality are a recurrent theme in Hirst’s work, and his techniques and motifs are often inspired by the clinical world of medicine and surgery. Pioneering and provocative, Hirst has remained a controversial figure throughout his career, inciting both unreserved praise and vehement criticism. Yet his being awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 demonstrates his importance in contemporary British art.

Art Bios compiles biographies of modern and contemporary artists, providing comprehensive information on the general background, artistic vision and development of both renowned and lesser-known artists. Biographies on the former group are approximately three thousand words long, whereas those on the latter are about half that size.

Art Bios also publishes biographies about influential figures in the art world, such as directors of institutions (museums, galleries, auction houses, foundations etc.), important collectors or art dealers. Additionally, Art Bios proposes in-depth articles on institutions including auction houses, museums, art foundations and galleries.

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