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Damien Hirst exhibition showcases in Belfast

An exhibition showcasing the fine works of internationally acclaimed artist Damien Hirst has opened in Belfast.

Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast will host the exhibition titled 'Mickey and Minnie, Lots of Spots, A Big Heart and A Butterfly or Two.'

The exhibition will open on Saturday March 3 and will run until the 22.

The show will feature 13 original prints and a unique drawing by Hirst created between 2005 and the present day.

All of the works will be on sale with prices ranging from £5,000 to £85,000.

Damien Hirst first came in to the public eye in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused London warehouse that showed work of his and fellow students at Goldsmiths College.

Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His best known works are his paintings and glass tank installations.

His ground-breaking works include: Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a tiger shark in formaldehyde and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognised.

Speaking about the exhibition Gerard Gormley said: "Hirst’s contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been groundbreaking.

"From his first exhibition in 1965 to his Turner Prize award in 1995 for Mother and Child, a piece featuring two halves of a cow and a calf, each suspended and preserved in formaldehyde solution he is an artist who isn’t shy courting controversy.

"We are thrilled to be able to show works by one of the world’s best known living artists in Belfast for the first time."

Mr Gormley added: "During the next year we plan to exhibit works by other internationally renowned artists in our Lisburn Road gallery and welcome all visitors."

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