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Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Woodcut, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 48
H 311cm x W 311cm

Critical Review

The 12 Woodcut Spots series recalls Hirst’s widely recognised spot paintings that date from 1986 to 2011. Since 1986, Hirst has created over 60 spot paintings a year, it’s ‘grid formula’ establishing the basis for an endless series. The endlessness of the series allows for an infinite exploration of harmonious and contrasting colour combinations.

The titles of the prints in this series are based on names of chemical compounds and are abstract in their lack of signifying something tangible in the world. The chemical name evokes a nondescript powder or pill that exacerbates the incessant endlessness to the series. Hirst in 2000 remarked on the impact of an installation of multiple spot paintings, “it’s an assault on your senses. They grab hold of you and give you a good shaking. As adults, we’re not used to it. It’s an amazing fact that all objects leap beyond their own dimension.”

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