Damien Hirst is working on his tell-all autobiography, due to be published in autumn 2015.
The British artist, 48, is co-writing the Penguin book with James Fox, who penned White Mischief and Keith Richards' bestselling 2010 memoir Life.
Fox said the autobiography would be a “fascinating story, told with Hirst’s witty style and northern edge”.
“As well as the well-known arc of the boy from Leeds who took on the art establishment, it will include a barely known first act – a black and hilarious account of Hirst’s youth, growing up in a semi-criminal, often violent milieu while sharing with his friends an unlikely, but binding, passion for art,” he continued.
Hirst said he was pleased to be working with Penguin, who released Morrissey's Autobiography last year, adding: “They are a very cool and creative publisher with a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm.”
Representations of skulls in art
Representations of skulls in art
1/10 'For The Love Of God' - Damien Hirst
Hirst unveiled this striking artwork in June 2007 at the White Cube Gallery in London. 'For The Love Of God' is a £50m diamond-encrusted human skull. The 18th century skull is covered entirely in 8,601 pave-set diamonds.
2/10 Lumturi Blloshmi's cigarette skull
If it's not cocaine it's cigarettes. This human skull is made of cigarette butts and displayed as a warning at the entrance of a health clinic in Tirana, Albania. Albanian artist Lumturi Blloshmi created the work as in spite of a ban on smoking in public places, the law is widely ignored and cigarette butts are the most common litter in many Albanian streets.
3/10 'Skull' - Piotr Uklanski
This art installation was displayed in Lille at a show presenting part of French businessman Francois Pinault's contemporary art collection in 2007. In Uklanski's piece, life and death merge as nude bodies link together to form a skull, the icon of human mortality.
4/10 Barbara Roling's earthenware skull
Roling's garish skull sculpture was exhibited at London's Saatchi Gallery in May 2013. The annual Collect international art fair for contemporary objects brings together work from 32 galleries.
5/10 'Hallucinatory Head' - Damien Hirst
This souvenir skull from modern artist Hirst was on sale for £36,800 in the gift shop of London's Tate Modern art gallery in April 2012. The limited-edition plastic skulls are created by Hirst's publishing company Other Criteria.
6/10 'One Million Bones' art installation
This handcrafted skull on a stick forms a poignant part of the 'One Million Bones' installation - one million handcrafted bones placed as a symbolic mass grave to raise awareness of genocide and mass atrocities during a three-day event on the National Mall near the US Capitol in Washington in June 2013.
7/10 'Skulls' - Nathan Sawaya
Made entirely from LEGO toy bricks, these sculptures were displayed in the 'Art of the Brick' show at Discovery Times Square, New York, in June 2013. Over 100 works of art created out of the toy bricks were exhibited alongside Sawaya's work.
8/10 'Skulls' - Andres Basurto
Mexican sculptor Andres Basurto exhibits 'Skulls' at the LA Art Show in Los Angeles, California, in January 2014. Mexico has a long tradition of mosaicked skulls - artisans from centuries ago would collect rare stones such as turquoise to use.
9/10 'Et Finalement Je Me Suis Tu' - Herve Bohnert
The title of this powerful sculpture translates to mean 'and eventually I remained quiet'. French artist Bohnert displayed it at the European contemporary art fair in Strasbourg in November 2012.
10/10 Subodh Gupta's giant skull
This untitled sculpture was made from Indian kitchen utensils by Indian artist Gupta, here pictured at the Frieze art fair in London in October 2008.
During an interview on the Today programme, Fox paid tribute to Hirst's "fearlessness, his ability to take on authority, to never say anything can't be done, to break all the rules".
Hirst won the Turner Prize for Contemporary Art in 1995 and, in 2012, the Tate Modern’s major retrospective of his work became the gallery’s most-visited solo show on record.Reuse content