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Zachary Baker

English conceptual artist, photographer, painter and installation artist. He is associated primarily with the Goldsmiths’ College group, sometimes known as the ‘Freeze Generation’, which emerged in the late 1980s during Michael Craig-Martin’s period of teaching there. In February 1988, as a second year student, Fairhurst organized a small group exhibition at the Bloomsbury Gallery of the University of London Institute of Education; it included, alongside his own work, art by fellow students Mat Collishaw, Abigail Lane and Damien Hirst. This was a kind of precursory event for the more dynamic and famous ...


British, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 7 June 1965, in Bristol.

Assemblage artist, installation artist, painter.

Conceptual Art, Young British Artists.

Damien Hirst studied at Goldsmiths College, London (1986–1989). In 1988, while still a student, he curated the seminal exhibition Freeze in a disused industrial building in the East End of London. This exhibition launched his career, along with that of a number of other young artists from Goldsmiths such as Mat Collishaw and Michael Landy. It also attracted the attention of collector Charles Saatchi who bought two of his works. In ...