Quotes by: Damien Hirst

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I've been asked to do a retrospective since I was about 28 and I always thought that was a bit odd. It's great to look forward as an artist because in the future the possibilities are infinite; you look back and it's all fixed so it's a scary thing.
Damien Hirst
It'd be nice to make lots of money but it's quite difficult, because every time I make lots of money I make a bigger piece that costs lots of money.
Damien Hirst
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.
Damien Hirst
The idea of going on tour for the rest of my life with old works is not that exciting. As an artist I definitely think the work in future is going to be better than the work in the past, otherwise why do it?
Damien Hirst
For me, art is always a kind of theater. When I started the spot paintings, I made them as an endless series. But I was never serious about it being an endless series. It was just an implied endless series. The theater means you just have to make it look good for that moment in the spotlight.
Damien Hirst
I realised that you couldn't use the tools of yesterday to communicate today's world. Basically, that was the big light that went on in my head.
Damien Hirst
That's the great thing about art. Anybody can do it if you just believe. With practice, you can make great paintings.
Damien Hirst
Kids are naturally gifted at art from a very young age. The problem is when they get older and become self-conscious. The process should always be fun, though.
Damien Hirst
It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw.
Damien Hirst
I always look at money not as a motivating factor but as an element in the composition. You can't ignore it, but you've got to be very careful that it's not motivating you.
Damien Hirst
I always feel a bit trapped when a painting goes for millions of pounds and only one person can have it. If you can have that as well as a poster on every student's wall, then you're in a very enviable position. I'd like to do a Damien Hirst for £500 at some point.
Damien Hirst
Most people live in the city and go to the country at the weekend, and that's posh and aristocratic, but actually to live in the country and come to London when you can't take it any more is different.
Damien Hirst
There was a point I could have just churned out the spot and spin paintings for ever and laughed all the way to the bank.
Damien Hirst
So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple.
Damien Hirst
But whenever I look at the question of how to live, the answer's always staring me in the face. I'm already doing it.
Damien Hirst
A lot of people thought I wasn't doing anything because I was spending a lot of time socialising and going out, but I've always managed to get work actually done.
Damien Hirst
In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.
Damien Hirst
People don't like contemporary art, but all art starts life as contemporary - I can't really see a difference.
Damien Hirst
But it's like the horror of being in a studio with a blank canvas. I used to always run out of ideas because there are so many possibilities and I would just think, well what am I going to do now!
Damien Hirst
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