The New Art Gallery Walsall presents the controversial and stunning art work of Damien Hirst, one of the most influential British artists of our time. The installation is part of Artists Room on tour, a partnership with Art Fund, the fundraising charity that takes collections of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK.
Damien explores the human existence with expertise. Life, death, religion and belief are some of the themes of his installation at the Walsall Gallery. Starting with the shocking and iconic Away from the Flock, a glass painted steel plastic lamb sculpture which is one of his most famous pieces; cleary inspired by the theme "the lamb of the God", Hirst challenges our mind forcing us to think about death as a natural condition to be faced up.
His fascination with religion and science brought together pieces such as the Pharmacy Wallpaper, a quite disturbing work that shows pharmaceutical products and pills with Bible references on it. The work is a reference to our confidence at medicine as well as it portraits our faith in religion beliefs.
Another famous piece to be checked at The New Art gallery in Walsall is the photograph With Dead Head. Damien was only sixteen when this photo was taken and the image that shows him face to face with a (real) human head is still one of his favourite (shocking) pieces. Once again Hirst deals with death its relationship with life in a very courageous way.
Some other important Damien Hirst's art works are displayed at the Walsall gallery until October 2013. It's a free admission exhibition that deserves to be checked, especially for those who appreciate modern art with some side effects.