Birth (Cyrus), 2006



Birth (Cyrus)
457 x 610 mm | 18 x 24 in
Oil on canvas
Image: Photographed by Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2009
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
Solo Exhibition - 2007
White Cube, Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London, United Kingdom


From 2005, Hirst spent two years working on a series of ‘Fact’ paintings from photographs he’d taken (begrudgingly at the request of his wife Maia), at the birth of their third son, Cyrus. A number of the series were included in Hirst’s major solo show at White Cube ‘Beyond Belief’ (2007). ‘Birth (Cyrus)’ is an oil on canvas depiction of Cyrus being delivered via caesarean section in hospital. The highly personal subject matter is desensitised by the extreme realism of the paintings. As Hirst explains: I want them to be like newspaper pictures, factual and non-expressive.”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Interview with Damien Hirst’, Sarah Kent (Time Out, November 2006)