Damien HirstAway from the Flock 1994

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Damien Hirst (born 1965)
Away from the Flock
Date 1994
MediumGlass, stainless steel, Perspex, acrylic paint, lamb and formaldehyde solution
Dimensionsdisplayed: 960 x 1490 x 510 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

Online caption

With this work Hirst is forcing us to focus on the humble sheep, an animal that has been providing us with food and warmth for centuries, transforming it from the mundane into something special. This strayed sheep highlights the importance of its title, ‘Away from the Flock’ a term we associate with religion, specifically Christianity, – "to leave the flock" is to leave behind the protection of the church. Hirst draws on precedents in earlier British art. In a famous painting by Holman Hunt, called ‘Our English Coasts’ or ‘Strayed Sheep’ 1852, the pre-Raphaelite artist shows straying sheep putting themselves at danger on the cliffs of southern England – a clear reference to religious decay… (read more)

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