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Damien Hirst Trades Dead Animals for Paint

Written by PETA | October 2, 2009

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Damien Hirst


British artist Damien Hirst—known for his series of “art” installations featuring dead (and yes, sometimes dissected) animals preserved in formaldehyde—has reportedly hung up his canning supplies in favor of a paintbrush.

Apparently Hirst has spent the last three years painting in a shed behind his house. He says he had to relearn to paint for the first time since he was an art student, and the paintings were, at first, “embarrassing,” and he “didn’t want anyone to come in.”

It looks like reconnecting with art in its pure form, instead of focusing on shock art that exploits animals and treats their bodies as amusements, has made Damien rethink the direction his career has taken. You’ve got to wonder why the man wasn’t as embarrassed by his past work …

Here’s hoping that Damien will stick to this new oeuvre.


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Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Ellaine Lurie-Janicki says:

    It scares me to know this man is allowed to walk as a free person on this earth with his morbid ways of using art and that there has to be others like him.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    One does not learn to be an artist or how to paint. You are either a talented artist or you are not you can either paint or you can’t. Perhaps the man can’t paint which is why he switched to dead animals in the first place.

  • katie says:

    this guy is just sick. enough said. he should see a therapist.

  • Whisper Moon says:

    If you haven’t left a comment here before you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then it won’t appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting…..cmon peta why not let everyone be heard

  • Rebecca says:

    I always wanted to know where the animals came from and how they died. Were they killed for him? Anyone know?

  • Bluebell says:

    I think he will do whatever suits him whether that involves using animals or not. He doesn’t seem the kind of person who really gives a damn who or what he hurtsoffends with his socalled art.

  • anne westerman says:

    animals need respect and dignity i hope damiem starts to clean up his act this type of art is not pleasurable would damien like to be painted in this way

  • lance says:

    he really is a creepy jerk…only the collectors that bought his evilness is creepier

  • Jay Styers says:

    I cannot even fathom using dead creatures of mother nature for anything other than a respectful burial an mourning session. When will people relize that we are all animals and we are all equals in deserving humane treatment in life or death?