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.
Hirst’s first solo show, held in 1991 on two floors of a disused London shop, was the butterfly installation ‘In and Out of Love’. Upstairs, pupae attached to white paintings hatched out into the gallery. Downstairs, dead lepidoptera were stuck to coloured canvases. Hirst followed this up by creating dazzling stained glass-esque arrangements of the unfortunate late insects' wings.