Damien Hirst, ‘Painting by Numbers 2’, 2001, Artificial Gallery

Very rare mixed media edition comprising: Stamped canvas, 90 paint tins, brushes encased in polystyrene in artist's printed box, 2001, signed in ink and numbered 73/175 on the box, mounted in two separate plexiglas boxes. Only 30 examples from the edition were signed by the artist (the remainder were stamped only). Very scarce in this condition. (Provenance: Sotheby's, London).

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