6 Young British Artists to Collect

In 1988, Damien Hirst curated an exhibition “Freeze,” which featured many of his fellow students at Goldsmiths, University of London. From then on, these provocative talents have been known as the Young British Artists, or YBAs.

Though not as young today, Hirst and his fellow Brits remain some of the most influential and collectible living artists. To buy any of the works below, you can click on the image and contact the gallery directly.


Damien Hirst

Arguably one of the most influential players in contemporary art, Hirst explores the concept of mortality through butterflies, pills, skulls, taxidermy, and more.

$2,500–13,000


Rachel Whiteread

Whiteread’s drawings and laser cuts showcase the negative spaces of everyday objects, such as the inside panels of wooden doors and the intricate patterns of discarded lace.

$1,100–20,000


Marc Quinn

Close-ups of flowers and portraits of Kate Moss are some of Quinn’s favorite subjects, as he explores the power of idealized, fleeting beauty.

$1,000–4,400


Chris Ofili

Starting in 1995, the Turner Prize winner began a daily practice of painting men, women, birds, and plants from memory—and these experimental pieces later became known as his Afro Muses series.

€2,500–3,900


Tracey Emin

Emin’s confessional texts and drawings reveal intimate details about her experiences with sex, love, and the body.

$950–2,500


Ian Davenport

Davenport employs a strange array of tools to produce these abstractions, including industrial wind machines that blow paint onto the canvas and syringes that carefully create stripes of color.

$1,300–30,000

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