Unconventional artist and foremost member of the Young British Artists. Known for his death-themed works such as "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living," which was part of a series of artworks in which he preserved whole and dissected animals in formaldehyde.
He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London. He sold his complete 2008 show, "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," at Sotheby's for $198 million, a record.
He created a British Union flag that was displayed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
He was born to a motor mechanic who deserted his family when Damien was 12. His mother, Mary Brennan, struggled to adequately raise him as a single mother while being employed with the Citizens Advice Bureau. He married Maia Norman in 1992 and he and Maia have three sons named Connor, Cyrus and Cassius.
His work was compared to that of Donald Judd.