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Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.
Since the late 1980â€™s, Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Explaining: â€œArtâ€™s about life and it canâ€™t really be about anything else â€¦ there isnâ€™t anything else,â€ Hirstâ€™s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience. Hirst developed his interest in exploring the â€œunacceptable ideaâ€ of death as a teenager in Leeds. From the age of sixteen, he made regular visits to the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School in order to make life drawings (â€˜With Dead Headâ€™ (1991)). The experiences served to establish the difficulties he perceived in reconciling the idea of death in life. Of the prominence of death in his work (â€˜A Thousand Yearsâ€™(1990)) he has explained: â€œYou can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.â€ Damien Hirst is an individual who it not scared of challenging beliefs or venerated institutions on the grounds that they are erroneous or pernicious a true iconoclast for our modern age. Damien Hirst has had exhibitions in the most prestigious galleryâ€™s and museums during his long established career.