Damien HirstWith Dead Head 1991

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Damien Hirst (born 1965)
With Dead Head
Date 1991
MediumPhotograph, black and white, on paper on aluminium
Dimensionsimage: 572 x 762 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

"Quick. Quick. Take the photo." This photograph of Hirst at 16 with a severed head was taken at a morgue in Leeds where Hirst tagged along with a friend who was studying microbiology (the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms). By the time he was immersing himself in the world of the human cadaver - he had already built up an impressive collection of books on pathology (the science and course of diseases). As well as being fascinated by the gorier side of the human body, such as burns and wounds he was also interested the work of Francis Bacon, inspired by both to create his own paintings… (read more)

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