Brazen and Bold Quotes by Innovator Damien Hirst
Artist Damien Hirst shot like a meteor to fame in the early 1990s as one of a group of ambitious art students who formed the core of the Young British Artists group (YBAs) alongside Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gavin Turk. Hirst, a conceptual artist, gained critical acclaim with his famous fourteen-foot tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde, aptly titled, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. Clever, controversial and out-spoken Hirst’s practice challenges the boundaries of art. Collected below are a listing of memorable and interesting quotes by the enigmatic and brilliant artist.
“It’s very easy to say, ‘I could have done that,’ after someone’s done it. But I did it. You didn’t. It didn’t exist until I did it.”
“I think I’ve always been afraid of painting, really. Right from the beginning. All my paintings are about painting without a painter. Like a kind of mechanical form of painting. Like finding some imaginary computer painter, or a robot who paints.”
“I have always been aware that you have to get people listening before you can change their minds. Any artist’s big fear is being ignored.”
“The idea is more important than the object.”
“I just wanted to find out where the boundaries were. So far I’ve found there aren’t any. I just want to be stopped, and no one will stop me.”
“I think you have to admit that you want to be famous, otherwise you can’t be an artist. Art and fame together are like a desire to live forever.”
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