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 before bestowing the task on a team of assistants.
The Bristol-born artist has said the paintings