3 April 2019
Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) will present seven major sculptures by Damien Hirst as part of the inaugural edition of the festival taking place across Leeds and Wakefield from 22 June until 29 September 2019. Works will be shown at Leeds Art Gallery and in the city centre, as well as at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
'Hymn' (1999–2005) and 'Anatomy of an Angel' (2008) will be displayed outdoors in Leeds city centre and 'Black Sheep with Golden Horns' (2009) at Leeds Art Gallery. 'Charity' (2002–2003), 'Myth' (2010), 'The Hat Makes the Man' (2004–2007), and 'The Virgin Mother' (2005–2006) will be shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Hirst has said: 'I’m so happy to have my work in and around Leeds. When I was growing up in the city, the Leeds Art Gallery was my way into art. I never thought I’d ever be famous or considered important or anything like that, but seeing paintings by people like John Hoyland, Francis Bacon, Peter Blake and Eduardo Paolozzi – alongside the aquarium and natural history stuff in the City Museum – opened my mind to art. The things I saw made me so excited for what art could be. If people feel anything like that when they see my work, then that’s the greatest thing you can hope for as an artist. And the giant bronze sculptures at YSP are where they belong – they’re just made for that setting. I used to hang out a lot on Ilkley Moor and Otley Chevin, and I will always love the Yorkshire landscape.'
Filmed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019