Damien Hirst, ‘The Dead (Lime Green/Racing Green)’, 2014, Forum Auctions

Signed and numbered from the edition of 15 in pencil, on Somerset wove paper, printed and published by Other Criteria, London, the full sheet, 720 x 510mm (28 3/8 x 20 1/8in) (unframed)

Damien Hirst has frequently spoken about both death, and the power of a series to 'theoretically...avoid death'. The skull is a trope of the artist's work which, similarly traditional momento mori still life paintings, remind the viewer of both the fragility and beauty of life. In the artist's own words 'death throws us back into life with more vigour and energy'.

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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