Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures
View the artist's works that rocked and shocked the world
Damien Hirst's work may divide critical opinion but there's no denying that his art creates impact. Everyone has heard of his shark, spots and diamond skull. Now he has a major retrospective at Tate Modern. Helen Sumpter charts the works that rocked and shocked the world.
3. Spot paintings
Since first painting coloured dots directly on to the warehouse walls at the legendary exhibition ‘Freeze’, which Hirst organised in 1988, the artist has continued to churn out spot paintings (executed by assistants) in all shapes and sizes. Easy on the eye but not on pocket, Hirst’s spots are the perfect works for any corporate collection. In a bid for global spot exposure, in February this year Hirst showed 300 spot paintings across all 11 Gagosian Galleries around the world. His bid for universal spot exposure was not quite so successful. A spot painting specially created to be carried on ‘Beagle 2’, the European Space Agency’s 2003 Mars Express Mission, was lost in space when the craft failed to return.