Damien Steven Hirst (born June 7, 1965, Bristol, Eng.), British assemblagist, painter, and conceptual artist whose deliberately provocative art addresses vanitas and beauty, death and rebirth, and medicine, technology, and mortality. Considered an enfant terrible of the 1990s art world, Hirst presented dead animals in formaldehyde as art. Like the French artist Marcel Duchamp, Hirst employed ready-made objects to shocking effect, and in the process he questioned the very nature of art. In 1995 he won Tate Britain’s Great Britain’s premier award for contemporary art. Pieces:
‘Capaneus’ 2012 by Damien hirst
insects and household gloss on canvas.
‘Hounds tooth’ 2012
Scalpel blades and metallic paint on aluminium.
Opie Graduated in 1983 from Goldsmith's School of Art, where conceptual artist and painter Michael Craig-Martin taught him. He emerged as an influential figure in the British art scene of the 1980s after producing a series of painted metal sculptures that humorously combined loosely painted imagery with steel shapes, Portraits and animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in black line drawing, are hallmarks of the artist’s style. His themes have been described as "engagement with art history, use of new technology, obsession with the human body" and "work with one idea across different media", When asked to describe his approach, Opie said "I often feel that trying to make something realistic is the one criteria I can feel fairly sure of. Another one I sometimes use is, would I like to have it in my room? And I occasionally use the idea, if God allowed you to show Him one [portrait] to judge you by, would this really be it?" pieces:
“sara gets undressed”
vinyl on wooden frame
this is accompanied by music played by bryan adams
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