By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:03 BST, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 02:47 BST, 14 August 2019
It's more than a year since they spotted each other. Now Damien Hirst has transformed his girlfriend Sophie Cannell into a work of art.
Britain’s richest artist, famed for his pickled shark, is pictured daubing the naked 26-year-old former ballerina with multi-coloured polka dots in a portrait by fashion photographer Mario Testino.
Testino, one of Princess Diana’s favourite snappers, posted the image online with the caption: ‘Collaborating with my friend Damien Hirst in turning his girlfriend into artwork’. Hirst, 54, and Miss Cannell – who is only two years older than the eldest of his three sons – have been dating since May 2018 after meeting at Chiltern Firehouse.
Britain’s richest artist Damien Hirst, famed for his pickled shark, is pictured daubing Sophie Cannell with multi-coloured polka dots in a portrait by fashion photographer Mario Testino.
The pair appear to have a picture-perfect life together, with the aspiring actress sharing candid photographs of the two to celebrate his birthday last month.
It is not the first time Hirst, who is worth £250million, has been inspired by a younger muse. For his 2017 show, Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable, he made a statue of his then girlfriend, actress and model Katie Keight, 29.
Hirst has created almost 1,500 spot paintings throughout his career, producing the first few dozen of them himself