Ten things created by the British artist Damien Hirst

PUBLISHED: 16:01 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 12 January 2018

The artist, Damien Hirst. Photo: PA

The artist, Damien Hirst. Photo: PA

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As the man who made his name immersing sharks in formaldehyde prepares for his latest exhibition at Houghton Hall, Jessica Frank-Keyes looks at some of his most shocking creations...

One of Damien Hirst's spot paintings. Photo: Archant One of Damien Hirst's spot paintings. Photo: Archant

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Hirst’s iconic 1991 piece: a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde in a container.

In and Out of Love

Hirst hung the walls of a Soho gallery in 1991 with hundreds of butterfly pupae, which emerged, fluttered, mated and died all in the same room.

Away from the Flock by Damien Hirst. Photo: Archant Away from the Flock by Damien Hirst. Photo: Archant

The Virgin Mother

A 35ft tall statue of a pregnant woman, with layers removed to reveal her internal organs, was unveiled at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006.

And Still Pursuing Impossible Desires

Hirst was inspired by objects floating unattached in space. He created a series, including a ball suspended in air.

Demon with Bowl

The 16m tall sculpture towered over visitors to Hirst’s 2017 exhibition in Venice: ‘Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable’


Hirst’s first piece in the Medicine Cabinets series was made from his grandmother’s medication boxes which she left him after her death.

For the Love of God

Hirst’s diamond-encrusted sculpture was made from an 18th-century cast of a human head and 8,601 diamonds. Asking price? Just £50m.

Colour and Space

The Houghton Hall exhibition includes new paintings based on his famous Spot Paintings and were made by assistants averaging 1,500 spots a day.

Spot Paintings

Some of the artist’s most instantly recognisable works consist of nothing more than a series of precisely positioned coloured dots on canvases.

Away from the Flock

A floor-based sculpture with a sheep encased in formaldehyde. This work exists in three versions.

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