Damien Hirst has sought to blur the boundaries between art and science as well as art and pop culture through his installations, paintings, and sculptures. In particular, he digs into the relationship between mythology and science through mythical creatures. The artist has aimed to view living creatures from a realistic perspective rather than mythical, hopeful illusions. The dissected half of a unicorn, a mythical animal, is used to materialize the myth.
Commonly acknowledged as “the icon of contemporary art” and the “naughty boy of the art scene,” Damien Hirst was born in Bristol, UK and studied art at Goldsmiths College of Art. He gained popularity with Freeze, an exhibition he curated with contemporaries at Goldsmiths after founding the Young British Artists (YBAs) before graduation. He conveys philosophical and fundamental concepts pertaining to life and death as well as myth and science that are couched in his intrinsic, shocking, and intuitive visual idioms. He won the Turner Prize 1955, an art award conferred to the best artist of the year by Tate London.