London is a signed screen print in colours by critically acclaimed contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Made in 1992, the eight-colour print shows a grid of photographic images of rocks set against a salmon pink background. Discussing his inspiration for the print, Hirst explains that he bought the stones on the King’s Road in London and decided to lay them on a sheet of pink paper in a form that reminded him of an illustration from a school geography textbook.
The grid formation used in London resonates with Hirst’s famous spot paintings in which Hirst arranges multicoloured spots in meticulous grids. Hirst frequently displays a scientific precision in his artworks, blurring the boundaries between art and science. This is most evident in his Medicine Cabinet series, in which Hirst made an installation out of rows of old medicine packets arranged methodically on cabinet shelves.
London is part of a portfolio of eleven prints made by eleven different artists based in London. The images were printed and edited at Coriander Studio in London. The portfolio was conceived of as a portable group exhibition which showcased the work of emerging artists. Hirst’s use of the screen printing technique reflects a general trend amongst the artists who preferred this technique due to its suitability for reproducing appropriated and photographic images.