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.
4. Spin paintings
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.