Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures

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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.

4. Spin paintings

'Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless... inarguably beautiful painting (for over the sofa)', 1996, by Damien Hirst 'Beautiful, childish, expressive, tasteless... inarguably beautiful painting (for over the sofa)', 1996, by Damien Hirst - © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

The equally colourful accompaniment to Hirst’s ‘Spots’ series, his ‘Spin’ paintings – created by pouring household gloss paint on to spinning canvases – have their origins in an improvised stall, run in collaboration with fellow artist Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008) at the fun-filled ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’, held in Shoreditch in 1993. Spots also featured – both artists were dressed as clowns and, so the stories go, also gave some punters a peek at their dot-decorated genitalia – but having spotted the earning potential of the spins they’ve been a literal money-spinner for the arist ever since.


Find your favourite Hirst hit

‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’, 1991 ‘A Thousand Years’, 1990 Spot paintings Spin paintings ‘Lullaby, the Seasons Spring’ 2002 Butterflies Pharmacy ‘For the Love of God’, 2007

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