Damien Hirst, Turner Prize winner and Goldsmiths graduate, has today revealed his design for this year’s BRIT award.
The ‘blank canvas’ statue has been decorated with Hirst’s signature treatment of multi-coloured polka dots.
He said: “I am honoured to be asked to design this year’s statue, it has become such an iconic award, I love the BRITs.”
Hirst was a student of Fine Art at Goldsmiths from 1986 to 1989. In 1995, he won the Turner Prize for a group of works including Mother and Child and Divided, featuring bisected cows preserved in formaldehyde tanks.
He is the third British creative to design the award, following in the footsteps of Vivienne Westwood in 2011 and Sir Peter Blake in 2012.
David Joseph, BRIT award chairman, said: “We are delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to reimagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.”
Nominations will be announced in a ceremony at The Savoy from 4 pm this afternoon. Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw will host the event, with performances by Jessie Ware and Critics Choice Award winner Tom Odell. Highlights will be available on the Brits’ official YouTube channel shortly after.
The BRIT awards 2013 will take place on February 20 at The O2 arena in Greenwich. More information can be found at the BRIT awards’ official website.