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Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Through a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’. Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective currently being exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London. For more information on the artist, please visit damienhirst.com. Text © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd., All rights reserved, 2012
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English artist Gary Hume, born in 1962, graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London, in 1988. He was part of Damien Hirst’s 1988 Freeze exhibition now considered to be the launch of the Young British Artists. He currently lives and works in London and upstate New York.
Departing from his ‘door paintings’ Hume started making small-scale gloss paintings on aluminum, using images from the media, celebrities and animals. His bright palette and 2-D surfaces describe simplified forms often describing pop culture and childhood idioms.
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Reproducing images of popular culture and everyday domesticity, Johannes Albers’ work seems to simultaneously praise and poke fun at modern-day interests and values. Starting out with the intention to ‘do the opposite of what was really hip’, Albers’ work has encompassed a range of printed motifs, from bathmats to band tapes, ping-pong tables to Stanley knives. His incessant reproduction of these images reflects – and criticizes – the disposability of much of today’s media culture and marketing imagery. His intention is to ‘one day see the uncorrupted mirror-images of this world. A twin world with extensions or channels into the real world’.
Founder of the now-defunct Club Vernissage – a two-man group with dogmas ranging from ‘Marketing is Bullshit’ to ‘Celebrities are Monkeys’ – Albers went on to pursue his own vision; a vision which, at its core, retains the desire to be always ‘different’. Whether idolizing analog compilation cassettes – scrawled with ‘CLASH’ and ‘Joy Division’ – or flattening a fuzzy bathmat across a sharp monochrome plane, Albers’ work remains positioned firmly outside the status quo.
A freelance journalist since 1997, Albers currently lives in Berlin.
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Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Mat Collishaw studied at Goldsmiths College of Art from 1986 to 1989, along with a number of other prominent international British artists. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Freeze in 1988, and Modern Medicine in 1990, and has had many solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally, he is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Haunch of Venison, Zurich. His work appears in important public collections including Tate, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Mat Collishaw lives and works in London.
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Michael Craig-Martin, born in Dublin in 1941, was educated at Yale University, where he studied Fine Art. His early work during the 1970s was influenced by philosophies of Minimalism, and Craig-Martin used household objects and materials to create his sculptures. During this period, and through the 1980s, he taught at Goldsmiths' College, London, where he exerted a considerable influence on his students: Julian Opie, Lisa Milroy, Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Fiona Rae and Damien Hirst. In the 1990s his focus was directed towards painting, outlining shapes and motifs common to everyday life in lurid colors, in which his commitment to line drawing was - and is - articulated.
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Sarah Lucas was born in Holloway, London, in 1962 and studied at Goldsmith's College. One of the leading figures in the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s, she has gained an international reputation for provocative works that frequently employ coarse visual puns and a defiant, bawdy humor. Her works span the media of photography, collage and found objects. She lives in Suffolk and works in London and is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London, Gladstone Gallery, New York, and CFA Berlin.
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