'Beautiful Inside My Head Forever' by Damien Hirst, 2008 - 2010
Rare wallpaper sheet + original Hirst signature in ink.
24 x 20.5 Inches (wallpaper)
27 x 23 x 1.3 Inches (framed)
Original signature (with Smiley doodle) by the artist with rare original gravure printed wallpaper sheet.
Unique custom framed presentation.
Original artist signature in blue ink.
*Note: Professionally float-mounted signature framed in acid-free suede matting, UV-plexiglass and black hardwood molding.
ABOUT THE ART
'Beautiful Inside My Head Forever' contains a dense pattern of brightly colored flowers with a grid of smashed cigarette butts printed on top. The design plays on the contrasting themes of beauty and trash, or life and death, as Hirst equates littered ashtrays with death. This is a wonderful example of Hirst’s work, combining disparate elements while dispelling the common associations of wallpaper as beautiful and inviting. Produced by Other Criteria (Hirst's publishers) in a limited quantity (exact edition size unknown). Originally sold as part of a larger roll. Long sold out and now highly collectable.
Damien Hirst, a poster boy for the Young British Artists who rose to prominence in late 1980s London, is one of the most notorious artists of his generation. He has pushed the limits of fine art and good taste with sculptures that comprise dead animals submerged in formaldehyde; innumerable spot paintings that appear mass-produced and can sell for millions of dollars; and the exuberantly tacky For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds.
Through his installations, sculptures, drawings, and paintings, Hirst explores themes including religion, mortality, and desire. Since 1988, when the artist developed and curated “Freeze,” a groundbreaking exhibition of his work and that of his Goldsmiths College peers, he has been the subject of major shows at Tate Modern in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
In 2008, Hirst controversially staged “Beautiful Inside my Head Forever,” an auction in which he sold his work directly to the public and raked in around $200 million for himself. His individual works have sold for more than $10 million at auction.