Sam Taylor Wood takes teen fiancé to Damien Hirst exhibition while ex Jay Jopling brings the two ladies in his life

It had all the makings of a very awkward night but it seems exes Sam Taylor Wood and Jay Jopling have masterfully done away with any acrimony following their split last year. 

Conceptual artists Sam, 42, attended the latest Damien Hirst exhibition held at Jay's White Cube gallery last night with her new fiancé - 19-year-old actor Aaron Johnson.

Clearly harbouring no hard feelings, Jay, 46, was also accompanied by significant others - his mother and younger lover Rachel Barrett, who is in her thirties.

The former couple - who were married for 11 years and have two children Angelica, 12, and Jessie, 3 - have managed to maintain a civil relationship after their break-up.

Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson

Engaged: Sam Taylor Wood took her teen fiancé Aaron Johnson to Damien Hirst's new exhibition at London's White Cube Gallery last night

Jay
Jay Jopling with his mother

Ladies in his life: Jay Jopling, who owns the White Cube Gallery, turned up with his mother and girlfriend Rachel Barrett

Art dealer Jay continues to represent his ex wife, who was once nominted for the Turner Prize.

Sam announced her engagement to Aaron last month and despite the significant age gap she described their union as 'fantastic.'

She met the teen while she was casting him in the movie Nowhere Boy about the early life of John Lennon.

Jay enjoyed a brief romance with singer Lily Allen, 24, after the split and is now dating Miss Barrett, a fine art consultant who is writing a chick lit novel.

The art power players were among a host of stars at Hirst's 'Nothing Matters' preview, including Lily Cole, Stephen Fry, Tracey Emin, Kitty Spencer and Donna Air

Lily Cole

Art lover: Model Lily Cole also attended the preview

Kitty Spencer
Donna Air

Here come the girls: Kitty Spencer and Donna Air brought the glamour

Man of the moment Hirst was accompanied by his sons, Connor, 14, Cassius, nine, and four-year-old Cyrus.

The work on show includes three triptychs painted over the past two years, each depicting crows shot in mid-flight against blue skies with outspread wings and violent splatters of red paint across their bodies.

The 44-year-old artist best known for preserving animals in formaldehyde has taken up painting.

He said recently: 'It's about looking. It can be learned. That's the great thing about art. Anybody can do it if you just believe. With practice, you can make great paintings.'

Nothing Matters opens to the public at White Cube today and runs until 30 January.

Damien Hirst with his sons

Biggest fans: Artist Damien Hirst took along his sons

Tracy Emin
Stephen Fry

Special guests: Tracey Emin and Stephen Fry



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