Damien Hirst, ‘For the Love of God, Believe’, 2007, Forum Auctions

Signed and numbered from the edition of 1700 in white crayon, on wove paper, published by White Cube, London, the full sheet printed to the edges, 325 x 240mm (12 3/4 x 9in) (framed)

The present work was printed on the occasion of the artist's 2007 exhibition, 'Damien Hirst: Beyond Belief' at White Cube, London. In this exhibition, Hirst delved further into the themes that today define his artistic practice and explorations: death, life, truth, love, immortality and art's place within it all. Pictured is the artist's ultimate 'Memento Mori', an object that addresses the transience of human existence.
To create this stunning image, the artist cast a life-size platinum cast of a human skull, which he then covered in entirely with pavé-set diamonds totalling over 1,100 carats. In the words of art historian Rudi Fuchs, the resulting sculpture is 'out of this world, celestial almost [...] It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time, it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself.'

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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