10 January 2013
The exclusive design for the 2013 statue was unveiled yesterday in time for this year’s nomination announcements at The Savoy Hotel. The spot paintings are amongst Hirst’s most iconic and recognisable series of works. Dating from 1988, the random and infinite series of coloured spots are unrepeated within a single work. It is the third year the BRITs – the UK music industry’s foremost annual awards – has invited one of Britain’s most prolific artistic figures to design the statue. Following in the footsteps of Sir Peter Blake (2011) and Dame Vivienne Westwood (2012), BRITS Chairman, David Joseph explains: “Damien is truly one of the most important British artists. His reimagining of the statue will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.” The design follows the inclusion of an 130 metre wide Hirst spin painting in the Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012.
Last night, Tom Odell was presented with one of the bespoke trophies after winning the Critics’ Choice Award for 2013, presented by last year’s winner, Emeli Sandé. The Hirst-designed figure of Brittania will be presented to this year’s winners at London’s O2 Arena on 20th February, in a ceremony hosted by James Corden. War Child, who provide life-changing support to vulnerable children whose lives have been torn apart by war, will also be presented with the Special Recognition Award 2013.
 Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’, (Faber and Faber, 2001), 119