Damien Hirst penning tell-all autobiography
Hi all, Kenny here.
North Devon is a growing destination for art enthusiasts looking for inspiration from their weekend breaks UK. The landscape, architecture and wildlife provide endless opportunities to put pencil to canvas and Ilfracombe is graced with some of Damien Hirst’s most stunning work - from the towering Verity on the pier, to unique pieces displayed in his restaurant, the Quay.
It’s the Combe Martin based artist’s latest endeavour that has caught my eye – a tell-all autobiography covering his rise to world fame from humble beginnings in Leeds and Goldsmiths College.
James Fox, who has been selected by Hirst as his ghostwriter, said on the Today programme:"He (Hirst) grew up in a pretty bad situation, with his mother, and he and his gang - many of whom became YBA artists, spent half their time housebreaking, stealing, [indulging in] criminality, and the rest of their time indulging their passion for art, which started very early on in their years.
"I found that completely fascinating, moving, the idea of a saving connection to art. The fearlessness of Damien, his ability to take on authority, to never say anything can't be done, to break all the rules. That very much comes from that background."
The autobiography is set for release in 2015, so anyone who’s stayed at Ilfracombe Holiday Park, Golden Coast, Devon Coast, Combe Martin Beach or Sandaway Beach during their family breaks UK will want to get their hands on a copy, with likely references to his artwork in the surrounding area.