28 March – 5 July 2015
The Lightbox, Woking
Paul Stolper Gallery is proud to annouce that Damien Hirst's seminal installation 'New Religion' will be exhibited at The Lightbox in Woking.
The eternal themes of mortality and faith, combined with a fascination with science and technology, have been central to the practice of Damien Hirst(b. 1965) since he first came to prominence a quarter of a century ago. These preoccupations converge in New Religion (2005), a large-scale installation which juxtaposes religious imagery with the clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of medical procedure.
Comprising fifty framed screen-prints, four sculptures, a butterfly painting and a repository of objects, the installation takes the form of a fresco cycle surrounding an altar, which in turn bears a cross studded with gem-like pills, a child’s skull, a pierced heart and a giant marble pill. Brought together, the elements in New Religion present a contemplation of the fragility of life and the endless quest for longevity.
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965 and grew up in Leeds in the north of England. He studied at Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds before going on to study at Goldsmiths College, University of London between 1986 and 1989, and first came to attention after conceiving and curating the now legendary exhibition Freeze which featured work by fellow Goldsmith students in 1988. Working across a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and installation, Hirst has continually explored the themes of life, death, fear and desire. Following his early student success, Hirst achieved international recognition during the 1990s and by the end of the decade was one of the best known artists in the world. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and had a major retrospective of his work at Tate Modern, London in 2012. Hirst lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.