While attending Koons award ceremony at the Ashmolean Museum organised by the Edgar Wind Society, Aidan had the rare chance to learn more about one of the most controversial and successful figures in art.

Jeff Koons (Born 1955) is an American artist known for transforming everyday objects—such as balloon animals—by producing them in stainless steel with a mirror-finished surface. He lives and works in both his hometown of York, Pennsylvania and New York City.

He achieved the world record auction price for a work by a living artist in 2013, with his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold at Christies’s for US$58.4 million.

Critics are divided in their opinions of Koons work as he is critical to the history of contemporary art but appears vacuous in his approach. However, it is often that these two conflicting sides are needed to create a world famous artist.