Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. “Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else” (Hirst). Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.
Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 250 group shows including Freeze (London, 1988) and Sensation (Royal Academy, London, 1997). Hirst’s first major retrospective 'The Agony and the Ecstasy' was held in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples in 2004. His contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades was recognised in 2012 with a major retrospective of his work staged at Tate Modern in London. Paul Stolper Gallery has been publishing limited edition works with Hirst since 2005. Major projects include New Religion (2005), The Dead (2009), The Souls (2010), Death or Glory (2011) and Utopia (2012).