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Damien Hirst Skull to sell in Gloucestershire

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Chorley’s are pleased to announce the sale of a drawing by Damien Hirst at their forthcoming picture sale to be held at Prinknash Abbey Park on Thursday, 24th May 2012. It was acquired directly from the artist by the vendor, who wishes to sell the drawing locally in light of Hirst’s connection with Gloucestershire – he owns Toddington Manor and has a studio in Stroud.

In 2006, Hirst held an exhibition at the Hilario Galgueria Gallery in Mexico called The Death of God, Towards a Better Understanding of Life without God aboard The Ship of Fools.

During the after show party, which included a wrestling match, Hirst sketched a skull and the slogan Love is Blind on the back of one of the discarded wrestling posters for a friend. Chorley’s is now offering the sketch to be sold at auction with an estimate of £4,000-6,000.

Sketch by Damien Hirst and the poster on the back of which it is drawn.

Damien Hirst is perhaps the best known living artist. His name is synonymous with modern, often shocking art works: the primary theme of his work has been death. His shark preserved in formaldehyde has become one of the most memorable images of recent time and whether you love it or hate it Hirst’s art has been enormously influential. His works have been known to fetch incredible sums, not only at auction but also through galleries worldwide. ‘For the Love of God’, his diamond encrusted skull, sold for a reputed £50 million in 2007.

A skull is perhaps the most widely used symbol of death; old master paintings often include a skull as a memento mori and the symbol has appeared on things as diverse as pirate flags and hazardous material warning labels. Hirst’s obsession with this image may have reached its zenith with the production of ‘For the Love of God’ which cost £14 million to produce but it was an image that had been coming up again and again in his work prior to that date.

Death is celebrated in Mexican culture and skulls are an important image in Mexican art from the sugar skulls used to celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ to the skulls embellished with precious stones produced by early cultures in such as the Aztecs. Hirst has acknowledged the influence of these skulls on ‘For the Love of God’.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire an original work by Damien Hirst outside the major London salerooms and galleries. It is sure to generate a huge amount of interest both from international and UK buyers but perhaps a local buyer will take the opportunity to bid for a piece of modern art history.

‘The trip to Mexico was a real adventure but the time has come to let someone else enjoy this piece and perhaps use the proceeds to go on a new adventure’ says the vendor.

VIEWING DAYS
Tuesday, 22nd 9am-7pm, Wednesday, 23rd, 9am-5pm,
Thursday, 24th May, 8.30am-10.30am.

For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on
01452 344499 or [email protected]

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