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Contemporary Art: 10 Quotes by Damien Hirst


“Great art – or good art – is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don’t think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different.”

Till Death Do Us Part- Coral Red Silver Gloss by Damien Hirst


“People don’t like contemporary art, but all art starts life as contemporary – I can’t really see a difference.”


M-Flurobenzylamine by Damien Hirst


“Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There’s no better feeling. It’s beauteous. But it’s always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.”


All You Need Is Love Love Love by Damien Hirst


“The difference between art about death and actual death is that one’s a celebration and the other’s a dull fact.”


The Souls Iii – Leaf Green/Chocolate/Silver Gloss by Damien Hirst


“A painting probably is the most shocking increase in value, from what it costs to make to what you sell it for.”


Ferric Ammonium Citrate
by Damien Hirst


“I think art is good at looking back and looking forward. I don’t think art is good at looking head-on. At the end of the day, people are more important than paintings.”


Gold Tears by Damien Hirst


“I remember when you used to have your profession on your passport and I always thought that being a painter was the best one to be, because my heroes were Goya and Francis Bacon.”


The Cure – Powder Pink / Lollypop Red / Golden
by Damien Hirst


“People always say that my work is sensational or shocking but there are truly shocking things you could do, and my sculptures don’t go anywhere near that.”


Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) by Damien Hirst


“I have always been aware that you have to get people listening before you can change their minds. Any artist’s big fear is being ignored, so if you get debate, that’s great.”


Psalm: Beatus Qui Intelligit (Non-Glitter) by Damien Hirst


“That’s the great thing about art. Anybody can do it if you just believe. With practice, you can make great paintings.”


Damien Hirst Artworks