Love Lost, 1999



Love Lost
2743 x 2134 x 2134 mm | 108 x 84 x 84 in
Glass, painted steel, silicone, water, aquarium system, live fresh water fish, gravel, gynaecologist’s chair, stainless steel table, computer keyboard and monitor, stool, mug, watch, spectacles and pewter rings
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2017


Solo Exhibition - 2003
The Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition - 2000
Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, United States


‘Love Lost’ and ‘Lost Love’, were made as a pair for the exhibitionTheories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings’, at Gagosian Gallery, New York (2000).

The submerged gynaecologist’s office in ‘Lost Love’ houses shoals of African river fish whilst ‘Love Lost’, by way of contrast, holds large black carp. While the works deal with surrealism, they also contain a “hugely sexual element”, which Hirst describes as: “Pretty direct. There’s something really simple [about them]. If you’ve got a gynaecologist’s office under water with fish swimming about, then there’s something fishy going on.”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst and Gordon Burn, ‘On the Way to Work’ (Faber and Faber, 2001), 145