Spot Series by Damien Hirst

Spot Series by Damien Hirst

“To create that structure, to do those colors, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.

The spot prints are amongst Hirst’s most widely recognized works. Of the thirteen sub-series within the spots category, the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings are the first and most prolific.

The random and infinite color series within the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings is integral to the works. Hirst explains that, “mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format.” Any problems he had previously had with color, Hirst claims, were removed by the perfect arrangement of complimentary, yet never repeated, colors in the spots.

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Spot Prints by Damien Hirst

About Hirst:

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995

Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Explaining: “Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else,” Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience. At Goldsmiths, Hirst’s understanding of the distinction between painting and sculpture changed significantly, and he began work on some of his most important series. The ‘Medicine Cabinets’ created in his second year combined the aesthetics of minimalism with Hirst’s observation that, “science is the new religion for many people. It’s as simple and as complicated as that really.” This is one of his most enduring themes, and was most powerfully manifested in the installation work, ‘Pharmacy’ (1992).

Whilst in his second year, Hirst conceived and curated ‘Freeze’ – a group exhibition in three phases. The exhibition of Goldsmiths students is commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point not only for Hirst, but for a generation of British artists. For its final phase he painted two series of coloured spots on to the warehouse walls. Hirst describes the spot paintings as a means of “pinning down the joy of colour”, and explains they provided a solution to all problems he’d previously had with colour. It has become one of the artist’s most prolific and recognisable series, and in January 2012 the works were exhibited in a show of unprecedented scale across eleven Gagosian Gallery locations worldwide. In 1991 Hirst began work on ‘Natural History’, arguably his most famous series. Through preserving creatures in minimalist steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde solution, he intended to create a “zoo of dead animals”. In 1992, the shark piece, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ (1991) was unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Young British Artists I’ exhibition. The shark, described by the artist as a “thing to describe a feeling”, remains one of the most iconic symbols of modern British art and popular culture in the 90’s. The series typifies Hirst’s interest in display mechanisms. The glass boxes he employs both in ‘Natural History’ works and in vitrines, such as ‘The Acquired Inability to Escape’ (1991), act to define the artwork’s space, whilst simultaneously commenting on the “fragility of existence”.

Stating: “I am absolutely not interested in tying things down”, Hirst has continued over the last decade to explore the “big issues” of “death, life, religion, beauty, science.” In 2007, he unveiled the spectacular, ‘For the Love of God’ (2007): a platinum cast of a skull set with 8,601 flawless pavé-set diamonds, at the White Cube exhibition ‘Beyond Belief’. The following year, he took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at Sotheby’s auction house in London. Describing the sale as a means of democratising the art market, the ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’ auction followed Hirst’s Sotheby’s event in 2004, in which the entire contents of the artist’s restaurant venture, Pharmacy, were sold.

 

ARTWORK

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Methamphetamine by Damien Hirst
Methamphetamine by Damien Hirst
2004
Perillartine by Damien Hirst
Perillartine by Damien Hirst
Perillartine by Damien Hirst
2011
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Cocarboxylase by Damien Hirst
Cocarboxylase by Damien Hirst
2010
Lepidine by Damien Hirst , Hirst, DamienHirst
Lepidine by Damien Hirst
Lepidine by Damien Hirst
2008
S-Lactoylglutathione by Damien Hirst , Damien Hirst, Hirst,
S-Lactoylglutathione by Damien Hirst
S-Lactoylglutathione by Damien Hirst
2008
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Ethidium Bromide by Damien Hirst
Ethidium Bromide by Damien Hirst
2005
Vipera Lebetina by Damien Hirst, hirst, Damien hirst, neo,
Vipera Lebetina by Damien Hirst
Vipera Lebetina by Damien Hirst
2011
Diacetoxyscirpenol by Damien Hirst , Hirst, Damien hirst, neo
Diacetoxyscirpenol by Damien Hirst
Diacetoxyscirpenol by Damien Hirst
2005
Ellipticine by Damien Hirst, Hirst, DamienHirst, Neo
Ellipticine by Damien Hirst
Ellipticine by Damien Hirst
2007
Controlled Substance by Damien Hirst , Hirst, Damien Hirst, Neo
Controlled Substance by Damien Hirst
Controlled Substance by Damien Hirst
2011
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3 Methylthymidine by Damien Hirst (White)
3 Methylthymidine by Damien Hirst (White)
2014
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Methylamine 13c by Damien Hirst (Black)
Methylamine 13c by Damien Hirst (Black)
2014
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Tyloxapol by Damien Hirst
Tyloxapol by Damien Hirst
2010
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Carvacrol by Damien Hirst
Carvacrol by Damien Hirst
2008
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Pyronin Y by Damien Hirst
Pyronin Y by Damien Hirst
2005
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Xylene Cynol Dye Solutiodamien by Damien Hirst
Xylene Cynol Dye Solutiodamien by Damien Hirst
2008
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LSD by Damien Hirst
LSD by Damien Hirst
2000
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Benzyl Viologen by Damien Hirst
Benzyl Viologen by Damien Hirst
2012