This artist's net worth is estimated at $1 billion! He is the world's richest, living artist. Van Gogh must be rolling over in his grave. Vincent sacrificed his health and eventually his life for art and sold only a few paintings over the span of his entire career and this Damien guy is a billionaire at 55 years old! How is this possible? British born (Bristol, England) Damien Steven Hirst, sometimes jokingly referred to as the 'enfants terrible' (bad boy) of contemporary art, is described as "an assemblagist, painter and conceptual artist who addresses themes such as beauty, death and rebirth". One of his most shocking pieces, titled "A Thousand Years'', is essentially a freshly severed cow's head being devoured by flies inside a walk-in plexiglass box! And then there's the black and white photograph of teenage Damien posing with a severed human head in a mortuary! Seriously, check out one of Damien's past exhibitions at the Tate Modern on YouTube. It will be quite an experience!
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