Beautiful Hours Spin Painting is an offset lithograph printed in colours produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. The print is part of Hirst’s iconic and critically acclaimed series of spin paintings. Rendered on a rectangular canvas using a spin machine, Hirst depicts a skull in a variety of bold and vibrant colours. The work was created on a spinning surface, with Hirst explaining that “the movement sort of implies life.” The dynamism of the technique contrasts with the image of the skull in the centre of the composition, an icon that traditionally represents death.
The spin paintings are an important part of Hirst’s oeuvre and the artist has been developing the technique from the start of his career. Hirst first experimented with the spin machine technique in 1992 when he was working at his studio in Brixton. After producing works such as Beautiful Ray of Sunshine On A Rainy Day Painting and Beautiful Where Did All The Colour Go Painting, the artist continued to hone the spin technique, investing in his own spin machine and exhibiting a series of spin paintings in Berlin in 1994.
As seen in Beautiful Hours Spin Painting, the Spin paintings are characterised by their long titles which begin with ‘beautiful’ and end in ‘painting’ and their exciting use of bright colours.