Damien Hirst and Adoption

Hirst in a 2010 documentary by Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann


Hirst was born Damien Brennan, and adopted by a car dealer and his wife (his birth father was a photographer). He did not do well in school art and was rejected by St. Martin's College (but was later accepted by Goldsmith's College, where he graduated in 1989), but he has become one of the most famous "bad boy" artists of the current generation.

He is especially famous (or notorious) for his works involving the exhibition of the preserved and mutilated bodies of animals. He won the Turner prize (for young British artists) in 1995 and has contributed to a number of books on modern art. He also has opened a restaurant (Pharmacy) and started a record company (Turtleneck Records) in 1998.


"Why Are They Famous?: Damien Hirst," Independent on Sunday [London], 10 May 1998, Real Life, p. 1 British Art Show. "Damien Hirst." Formerly available at: "Damien Hirst." Available at: