Born in 1965, Young British Artist, Damien Hirst has come a long way since his days at Goldsmith College. Twenty years ago he curated the exhibition Freeze in London, and in 1995 he won the Turner prize.
Today he is among the most acclaimed living artists. A testimony to this is Sotheby’s sale in September entitled "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever", in which the artist consigned 223 works of art, raising £ 111.5 million ($199 million Dollars).
Hirst puts in question essential questions about the meaning of life and how fragile biological existence really is. His butterfly paintings exemplify this by using the butterfly as a metaphor for mortality. Hirst uses the butterfly as an icon, a symbol of fragility and beauty, complex and detailed in itself, and full of radiance.
Among the collectors we find David Beckham, who bought a Hirst butterfly painting for £250,000, while another Hirst butterfly painting is on display at the Saatchi gallery in London. In a promotional video done by Sotheby’s, Damien Hirst announced that he will stop making the spin and butterfly paintings that are among his highest-selling objects, reassuring collectors that the works are, in fact, finite.
The Butterfly series should come to an end by the end of 2008