Damien Hirst, ‘Opium’, 2000, Caviar20

Is there an artist more divisive, high-profile and arguably misunderstood than Damien Hirst?

(In)famous internationally for encapsulating a tiger shark in a tank of formaldehyde, he is the most successful and prolific artist from the group known as the Young British Artists.

Damien Hirst's "Spot Paintings" began in the late 1980's, but became iconic and revereed in the late nineties. All painted by hand they gave the illusion of being mechanically produced.

Some of the composition of colors are random, others calculated and some (such as this work) are based on the chemical structure of narcotics and pharmaceuticals.

This is a classic and iconic Damien Hirst from 2000 in a domestically sized scale. Ideal for a young collector.

Signature: Signed by the artist

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