We'd like to think you already know who Damien Hirst is but just in case...
Thought to be the world’s wealthiest living artist, since emerging onto the international art scene in the late 1980s, Damien Hirst has created installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings that examine the complex relationships between art and beauty, religion and science, and life and death.
From serialized paintings of multicolored spots to animal specimens preserved in tanks of formaldehyde and human skulls encrusted in diamonds, his work challenges contemporary belief systems, tracing the uncertainties that lie at the heart of human experience..
Now, through the wonder of Fractionalized Ownership, you can now have your very own little piece of an original Damien Hirst painting from his groundbreaking project named The Currency.
What does this mean?
A little over one year ago we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign named Severed Skulls in which we cut 90 mini skulls from an original Damien Hirst spin painting and offered them as rewards.
We followed that with our Butterfly Breakout project based on an original 2009 Damien Hirst artwork in the shape of a butterfly.Further Hirst spin paintings went under the knife following those, with all editions quickly selling out.
The original artwork. #573 'The head of a cow'
Now, with the Small Change project, we have cut 100 mini works out of this original Hirst painting. These are approximately 27mm wide and they come mounted on artboard, individually numbered and bearing a Hirst embossed logo. They can also optionally come framed and ready to hang. This is always the most popular choice amongst our customers.
Interestingly, artworks from our previous projects are now starting to appear on the secondary market, from eBay to mainstream auction houses. The prices achieved have exceeded the purchase price by a significant margin, reaching well over $1000 in some cases.
Small Change #95 ready to hang
A little background on this artwork.
Damien Hirst says that The Currency is the most exciting project he has worked on so far. The artist has long flirted with the concepts of ownership and collecting, and The Currency marked his entrance into the world of NFTs. Collectors were given 12 months in which to decide whether to keep the NFT they were originally sent, or whether to exchange the NFT for the original artwork. The series explores the boundaries of art and currency: when art changes and becomes a currency, and when currency becomes art. In hopes of making the buying process more exciting, the artist included a sense of rarity to ownership as no artwork was the same, each one being an original work in gloss paints on paper, all individually named, numbered and signed.