Damien Hirst Trades Dead Animals for Paint

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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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