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British artist Damien Hirst is world-famous for works such as his shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde which has been loaned in the past to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A tenacious businessman as well as a Creative, his London studio produces pieces at such a pace that it has been dubbed 'the art factory' and there have been reports that sometimes Hirst's only contribution is his signature on the work.
 
Despite this and other controversies that have dogged this Turner Prize-winners’ rise to infamy, he is Britain's most successful living artist and his work is much in demand.
The artist is often referred to as a pioneer of the Young British Artists (YBAs); a movement which revolutionized the art scene in the late 80’s and 90’s with pieces that shocked, reeked and offended, at a time when collected fine art was typically polished and pristine.
Tracey Emin won accolades for displaying her messy bed; Marc Quinn made a cast of his head using his own frozen blood and at the centre was the ringleader, Damien Hirst, who put rotting cows’ heads on display and let flies die upon them.

Eyestorm collaborated with Hirst one year into being founded as the first online art gallery to present limited edition prints by world-class artists. Five works by Damien Hirst were offered at accessible prices and for the first time, outside the physical gallery space. Painting-by-Numbers, Valium, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) and Opium are considered some of the earliest prints of Hirst’s career. At almost seventeen years old. They are as coveted as they ever have been, with a value between them that has risen by 2000%, since the year 2000.

Damien Hirst

Valium , 2000

127(w) x 127(h) cm
50.00(w) x 50.00(h) inches
Lambda C Type print

Signed and numbered

Edition of 500
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LSD and Opium, editions of 300 and 500 respectively, offer the classic ‘grid’ spot formation for which the artist is now so well known. LSD being substantially sized and from a small edition run offers the collector something more rarely traded and that fewer people own. Opium is small enough to find a place for in even the most crowded of walls, and specimens are often found to be in excellent condition. It’s a highly traded print of a domestically-suitable size, ideal for the start-out collector.

For collectors who enjoy the colour and drama of Spin, there is the added benefit of investing in a print where the medium is a highly respected form of craftsmanship. This work was screenprinted by hand with an impressive 24 layers of gloss and enamel ink. It doesn’t command the same value as Valium though, despite its relative scale and edition size. Valium is by far the most successful print of the series- a dynamic vortex of spots which have set it as the most traded in the history of Eyestorm and the most active among our works in public auctions.

Damien Hirst

Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) , 2001

101(w) x 101(h) cm
40.00(w) x 40.00(h) inches
24-colour Screenprint

Signed and numbered
Edition of 500
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$ 13,560.00
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Painting-by-Numbers is often overlooked by collectors, but must be in the category of Hirst’s more humorous editions. As Hirst increasingly became a household name in the UK in the early 00’ies, the press starting writing stories about how the artist had employed young art graduates as assistants, such as James Hunter, who were effectively painting his spot paintings. This was nothing new and Andy Warhol was well known for having a stable of assistants printing his editions at The Factory in New York. Rather than being offended, Hirst’s response was to release Painting-by-Numbers, exclusively with Eyestorm. The artwork was a box which inside had a 90 small buckets of paint, 90 brushes and a blank canvas which on it only had 90 outlined printed circles with a number inside, each corresponding to the numbers on the buckets of paint. You could say this was the ultimate democratisation of art; with this piece everyone could become one of Damien Hirst’s assistants. The blank canvas was signed by Hirst on the back.
Damien Hirst

Painting by Numbers (Red) , 2001

110(w) x 215(h) cm
43.31(w) x 84.65(h) inches
Canvas, 90 enamel, 90 brushes and cardboard packaging
Edition of 175
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Few marketplaces are as changeable as contemporary art, few attitudes surrounding Hirst’s contribution to it, as volatile. This is a realm where price levels for Hirst works have been seen to catapult in a matter of minutes by a handful of collectors in an auction. It’s not an unusual phenomenon, with celebrated artists across every art genre, continually being reshuffled in subtle ways at auction. Damien Hirst is one artist however who continually comes back, intrigue in him is always present and sales ever frequent. He also attracts unprecedented public attention, whatever the auction peaks and troughs. His 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern welcomed 460,000 visitors, his 2008 Sotheby’s record of sales at over £111,000,000 was 10 times that of the previous record for an auction dedicated to any single artist and his first solo show in the Middle East in 2013 was his largest exhibition, ever. Regardless of your opinion of Damien Hirst, his legacy is persistent and can come into the Eyestorm collector’s grasp via five accessible and exemplary works.
Damien Hirst

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) , 2000

127(w) x 106(h) cm
50.00(w) x 41.93(h) inches
Lambda C type print

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Edition of 300
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