Saturday, October 18, 2008

Damien Hirst Lives Big

Damien Hirst: Show me the money!

While the validity of Damien Hirst’s art can be debated his fortune can’t be denied. The controversial British artist creates art that fetches big money in galleries, at auction, online or anywhere else he decides to sell it. Some critics have went as far as to say that he is a thorn in the side of the traditional brick & mortar art world. Hirst has a brick & mortar space of his own. As with his fortune-- think big.

The controversial British artist purchased a 300 room mansion in Gloucestershire a few years ago with his wife Maia Norman and has been repairing the rundown structure ever since. The structure, known as Toddington Manor, was built in 1820 and had been vacant for over 20 years at the time the couple purchased it. Hirst has stated that the manor will eventually house a collection of his own works that will be open to the public. However, he has went on to say that the project may not be complete by the end of his lifetime.

Regardless of what you think of Hirst one must admit that it is a major accomplishment for an artist to achieve the financial success he has had. After all, at one time he was just another hopeful artist walking the streets of London. Ok, ok... Charles Saatchi played a major role.

Charles Saatchi: Indeed.

Take care, Stay true,

Brian Sherwin
Senior Editor

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