Hirst works on show

Gallery owner Nadene Milne, of Arrowtown, with limited edition prints by Damien Hirst. Photo by James Beech.
Gallery owner Nadene Milne, of Arrowtown, with limited edition prints by Damien Hirst. Photo by James Beech.
Limited edition works by controversial British artist Damien Hirst are in demand more than a week before they are due to be shown in an Arrowtown art gallery.

Nadene Milne Gallery launches "The Beauty and Brutality of Fact: Damien Hirst and Max Gimblett" on October 19.

Gallery owner Nadene Milne said yesterday the South Island debut of two series of 15 prints by Hirst provided a rare opportunity for Central Otago audiences to view artwork by one of the most famous contemporary artists of this era.

Works by Gimblett would include a group of his finest gold and silver quatrefoils and limited edition works, Ms Milne said.

Gimblett is a New York-based New Zealand artist whose career spans more than 45 years. Ms Milne said he was recognised as a key Asia Pacific artist, demonstrated by his inclusion in The Third Mind 2009 Guggenheim show, which traced how artists working in the west have adapted and transformed eastern ideas and artistic forms into their practices.

The gallery will screen the documentary Damien Hirst, Thoughts, Work, Life next door in Dorothy Brown's Cinema on October 19 at 7pm as a prelude to the exhibition launch at 8pm.