Damien Hirst at White Cube
While many artists reach the pinnacle of their fame posthumously, there are a rare few for whom success and wealth are realised in their own lifetime. One such talent is Damien Hirst, who at just 47 is arguably Britain’s most internationally recognised and sought-after living artist.
With existence, death, beauty and horror all central themes of many of his most famous works, Hirst is most well known for preserving and suspending animal carcasses in formaldehyde, including a sheep, cow and 14ft tiger shark, and the latest series of his work to be exhibited in Hong Kong again brings delicate, natural subjects to the forefront.
The Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings and Colour Charts exhibition at the Asia outpost of UK heavy-hitter White Cube Gallery includes new works by Hirst incorporating thousands of colourful butterfly, insect and spider specimens in geometric motifs.
Part scientific study, part industrial production, the artistic kaleidoscope at once reflects fragility of life, natural beauty even in death, vibrant energy and dark undertones, drawing on and furthering themes previously explored by Hirst. This intricate and stunning showcase is only on display until May 4, so scuttle in quickly for Hirst’s big buck bugs and creepy crawly collection.