Damien Hirst
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"Damien Steven Hirst" is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist, with his wealth valued at £215m in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.

Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The best known of these being The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a Display case/vitrine (clear display case). He has also made "spin paintings," created on a spinning circular surface, and "spot paintings", which are rows of randomly coloured circles created by his assistants.

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It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-level art, twisted imagination and a chainsaw.

But I always liked the fact that you get these totally unacceptable images, but they're taken by a really expensive photographer, with great light, and in terms of the quality of the photograph it's a great photograph, but in terms of imagery it's unacceptable, and I like that contradiction.

But I'm not ambitious for myself, or for attention.

A bloke for the 90s.

What I really like is minimum effort for maximum effect.

She wasn't much to look at, but she was great to dance with.

But whenever I look at the question of how to live, the answer's always staring me in the face. I'm already doing it.

I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say and I want to communicate this.

I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life.