(From the London Telegraph regarding the Bristol exhibition). Image courtesy of Artsy.com
Not so new news, I know. On the one hand, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about Damien Hirst the wealthiest artist in the world with a long-kept secret identity as a graffiti artist. Banksy has always conjured images of a savvy street artist with a sharp political perspective not so much an amazing marketer who “by day” creates work that is not accessible to the average bear, and “by night” crafts silhouettes and ironic sketches that can trigger raw emotion in a turnip. On the other hand I can’t help but admire the genius of it.
Images of an exhibit at Bristol Museum give a perspective of the two worlds intermingled. I came away thinking of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, but only in the sense that Damien Hirst took notice as he walked by and added some of their shades to the palette he uses to create concepts that are entirely his own.