British conceptual artist Damien Hirst is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist who shot to fame during the 1990s. Born in 1965, Hirst studied at Goldsmiths in London and was part of the Young British Artist (YBA) movement that was known for exhibiting their work in unconventional spaces. Hirst won the Turner Prize in 1995 and is known for his lucrative and controversial artistic career.
Much of his work deals with mortality, the groteque, and art itself. Hirst’s work borders taxidermy, plays with consumerism, and seeks to shock. With death being an important theme to many of Hirst’s works, his most famous works are the series of preserved dead animals in formaldehyde. Hirst has sold 244 new works at a Sotheby’s and has had a major solo retrospective exhibited at the Tate Modern in London. He currently lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London