Damien Hirst, ‘The Hours Spin Skull’, 2008, Fine Art Auctions Miami
Damien Hirst, ‘The Hours Spin Skull’, 2008, Fine Art Auctions Miami

The Hours Spin Skull is a mixed media sculptural work in the form of a synthetic skull. The skull is painted in a marbled spin pattern using a variety of household gloss paint colors. The eye sockets have been inlaid with period wristwatch dials, which, together with the skull, remind the viewer of the impermanence and transience of life. The piece engages the concept of mortality, an ongoing preoccupation within Hirst's oeuvre. In addition to its status as an art object, the piece also makes a gesture toward functionality: there is a precisely cut opening at the top of the head in which lies the Hours' album, "See the Light". —Courtesy of Fine Art Auctions Miami

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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