Damien Hirst – I was taught to confront…

I was taught to confront things you can’t avoid. Death is one of those things…


“I was taught to confront things you can’t avoid. Death is one of those things. To live in a society where you’re trying not to look at it is stupid because looking at death throws us back into life with more vigour and energy. The fact that flowers don’t last for ever makes them beautiful.”
-Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst – I’ve been asked to do…

I’ve been asked to do a retrospective since I was about 28 and I always…


“I’ve been asked to do a retrospective since I was about 28 and I always thought that was a bit odd. It’s great to look forward as an artist because in the future the possibilities are infinite you look back and it’s all fixed so it’s a scary thing.”
-Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst – But I think it’s more…

But I think it’s more that when you’re young, you’re invincible, you’re immortal – or at…


“But I think it’s more that when you’re young, you’re invincible, you’re immortal – or at least you think you are. The possibilities are limitless, you’re inventing the future. Then you get older and suddenly you have a history. It’s fixed. You can’t change anything. I find that a bit disturbing, to be honest.”
-Damien Hirst