Damien Hirst, ‘Dettol’, 2014, Artificial Gallery

Dettol is perhaps one of the most versatile in cleaning fluids, since it can be used as an antiseptic for cuts and wounds, as a floor and surface cleaner, and even (until recently when it was found to be detrimental to the ecosystem) as a form of pest control. The brightly colored cleaning products, with their Pop-art style lettering and childishly pleasing forms, are employed by the artist as a symbol of contemporary society’s utopian aspirations, Hirst explains: "they give us hope, some might say false hope, they seem to say that we can achieve immorality through cleanliness, that we can somehow make the bad things in the world go away, which of course we can’t."

About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom