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One young artist creating opportunity from hardship is Sarah Lucas. Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art II: Is It Art? BBC 2022
Damien Hirst: Mother and Child Divided. Great Artists in Their Own Words III: But is it Art? 1976-1993, BBC 2013
A shark – a big fish – in a tank of formaldehyde; how does it become a work of art? Brian Sewell
The working-class boy from Leeds who made himself the richest living artist in the world today. Janet Street-Porter, The Genius of British Art: Modern Times, Channel 4 2010
Hirst’s first masterpiece – A Thousand Years: a glass case filled with flies and maggots feeding off a cow’s severed head. ibid.
In his current exhibition here at the Serpentine Gallery in London a small proportion of his growing art collection is on display. South Bank Show: Damien Hirst
He has become a global brand, the controller of an expanding business empire and a major art collector. ibid.
Damien Hirst changed what art looks like. Noel Fielding, Damien Hirst: First Look, Channel 4 2012
He’s the biggest, the richest, the baddest and the boldest. ibid.
This is a show that’s been four years in the planning. ibid.
He has made more spot paintings than anything else. ibid.
As well as cigarettes, drugs that you can buy over the counter became an obsession in Damien’s work. ibid.
It was Mother and Child Divided that led to Damien Hirst’s second nomination for the Turner Prize in 1995. ibid.
Damien Hirst went on to reinvent himself as a brand ... The world’s richest living artist ... The sale raised £111,000,000. ibid.
His diamond skull For the Love of God is one of the most expensive works ever to be shown at Tate Modern. ibid.
He is the Grim Reaper in clown shoes. ibid.
His is the importance of not being earnest. Bono
The thing about 9/11 is that it’s kind of like an artwork in its own right. It was wicked, but it was devised in this way for this kind of impact. It was devised visually ... You’ve got to hand it to them on some level because they’ve achieved something which nobody would have ever have thought possible, especially to a country as big as America. So on one level they kind of need congratulating, which a lot of people shy away from, which is a very dangerous thing. Damien Hirst, interview BBC News Online 10th September 2002
I apologise unreservedly for any upset I have caused, particularly to the families of the victims of the events on that terrible day. BBC website 11th September
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. Damien Hirst
I started taking cocaine and drink ... I turned into a babbling fucking wreck. Damien Hirst, On the Way to Work 2001
It’s amazing what you can do with an E in A-level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw. Damien Hirst, accepting Turner Prize
I just hijack any meaning. Damien Hirst
My belief in art is religious. Damien Hirst
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity. Damien Hirst
When I used to do abstract paintings at school, like everyone else, the tutor said these would make great curtains. I would always neglect the formal stuff that was going on by using colour, because colour kind of came naturally to me. Damien Hirst
I wanted to be a painter. Damien Hirst, cited Damien Hirst: Thoughts, Work, Life
I kind of fell in love with conceptualism. ibid.
The dot paintings – I just thought it was about repetition, it’s about endlessness and it’s about immortality. ibid.
A show in the Tate is not necessarily that great. ibid.
I’ve always made artwork about death. ibid.
The fact that Hirst’s work does mirror society is not its strength but its weakness – and the reason it is guaranteed to decline artistically (and financially) as current social modes become outmoded. What Hirst has insightfully observed of his spin-paintings in Life and Death and Damien Hirst is the only comment that needs to be made of his entire oeuvre: ‘They’re bright and they’re zany – but there’s fuck all there at the end of the day.’ Stuckist Art Group
Damien Hirst is a rock star of art, a punk rebel with a chainsaw with a thirst for colour and many other things. He’s made millions, he’s changed his hair, he’s changed his specs and become an a art grandee, but always stayed controversial. Like him or loathe him, Damien Hirst is probably the most important artist of the last thirty years. Passions: Damien Hirst by Harry Hill, Sky Arts 2018
I imagined myself as one of those flies … ‘Flies become just like points in space.’ ibid.
£111m Damien Hirst total sets record for one-artist auction. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, news headline, Netflix 2017
The world of art, music and fashion swaggers with attitude. A time of dramatic change and the world is watching. Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art II: Is It Art? BBC 2022
Collector Charles Saatchi reaches for his checkbook. But to do something on this scale [pickled shark] comes with a £50,000 price tag … Saatchi also shows Hirst’s Thousand Years and Rachael Whiteread’s Ghost. ibid.
By 2007 Damien Hirst was invincible selling his art works for millions of pounds. Sensationalists: The Bad Girls and Boys of British Art III: Fame & Fortune