Damien Hirst Prints
Damien Hirst’s career started out as being a member, better yet cited as the most famous member of the YBA’s (Young British Artists). His works use modes of display borrowed from science – such as his Pharmacy – in which a sense of excess can be inferred. Excess can too be seen through his “dot” paintings that actually are the chemical compositions to pharmaceutical drugs. Or rather, it is not excess that is being exemplified in some cases, such as his Mother and Child Divided, but science is still a key notion. In such a work, and other works like The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, science is of high importance whether he is putting a calf and her child literally split down the middle in formaldehyde for all to observe or whether he is putting a dead shark in a tank. Hirst uses the shock factor to grab the attention of his viewer.