Damien Hirst, ‘For the Love of God (white)’, 2011, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018
Damien Hirst, ‘For the Love of God (white)’, 2011, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018


This is a print based on the 2007 sculpture by the artist of the same name. It is a platinum skull set with diamonds including human teeth. It is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. ‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.” - from DamienHirst.com
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art

Signature: Lower middle

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