Famed artist Damien Hirst has opened his largest retrospective in the Qatari capital of Doha. And ‘extraordinary logistics’ went into staging it—the Qatari Emiri Air Force was enlisted to transport some artwork, and the oil company Shell provided purified water for the formaldehyde-tank sculptures. Fly larvae for Hirst’s installation One Thousand Years were flown business […]
Controversial 1995 Turner Prizer winner Damien Hirst has turned to appealing to a whole new demographic: kids. His latest project is an ABC picture book containing his works (D is for that diamond skull; while L is for his 1994 work of a lamb soaked in a tank of formaldehyde). Does sound like an alphabet […]
I recently visited The Wellington Club in the heart of Knightsbridge, London, for a magazine launch in which my artwork was featured. Decorated with original works by Damien Hirst and Banksy, hosted by a DJ who must surely have hijacked my iPod playlist, and designed on themes of decadence, promiscuity and urban rebellion, treading into […]
Controversial artist Damien Hirst’s latest series of work, entitled ‘Entomology’, is made up of hundreds of different insect species. The insects are placed in various geometric designs to form intricate patterns, and then the insects are coated in gloss paint. The title of this specific piece, Capaneus, is derived from Dante’s epic Latin poem, “Thebaid”. Like Hirst’s pervious works, this series is not for the squeamish.
Laurina Paperina loves contemporary art, especially contemporary artists. She loves them so much that she has several videos depicting ways in which she would kill them. Like Marina Abramovic dying from running into her lover several times naked, or Takashi Murakami being eaten by one of his flowers, or Damien Hirst being attacked by butterflies! Apparently you can love anybody to death.
Prangsta Costumiers is a one-of-a-kind costume hire store. Indeed, stepping through its doors is often compared to entering into a real-life fairytale. The store’s owner, Melanie Wilson, has carved out a niche for herself that has even seen her costumes appear in Vogue, and worn by artists such as Damien Hirst.
To be the Vivienne Westwood of the tableware world is one of Paul Bishop’s many ambitions for his budding dinnerware company, The New English. To reinvent tabletop ceramics with a radically different, exceedingly more contemporary look, is another. And he does mean radical: skeletons, bugs, striking tattoo imagery, and anatomic drawings in bold colors with delicate beauty grace his collection where dated flowers and simple patterns normally lie.