Damien Hirst (b. 1965, Bristol, UK) comes from the Young British Artists movement, known as possibly one of the most intriguing and controversial artists alive today. Hirst works with a multitude of mediums, his most well-known works range from prints to sculptures.
He explores the duality of life and death to a point of confronting the viewer to extremes. Hirst will often use taxidermy in his works, cutting sharks and sheep in half, putting them in a vitrine filled with formaldehyde. This shock-factor is perhaps what makes Hirst so commonly spoken about. He pushes the boundaries as to how far we can touch the topic of death and still call it art. His other works include collages with dead butterflies, installations with pharmaceutical drugs, and putting a dead cow’s head in a tank full of flies. Though these works are gruesome and horrifying to come across, Hirst still has myriads of fans and is known as one of the most successful artists in the world.