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Signed Print Edition of 48
H 63cm x W 81cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|June 2019||Phillips New York - United States||Methionine - Signed Print|
|April 2018||Christie's New York - United States||Methionine - Signed Print|
|October 2015||Phillips New York - United States||Methionine - Signed Print|
Methionine is a woodcut print from Damien Hirst’s 12 Woodcut Spots series from 2010. The print shows three rows of four perfect circles arranged methodically in a rectangle composition. Each spot is a different colour and every print in the series represents a unique set of colour combinations.
The 12 Woodcut Spots series is reminiscent of Hirst’s vast series of spot paintings, of which there are over 1000 in existence, dating from 1986 to 2011. The spots represent abstraction reduced to its most basic mechanisms: colour, form and composition. The grid formula for these paintings is the basis for an unbounded series where Hirst can infinitely explore harmonious and contrasting colour combinations.
When Hirst’s first spot paintings appeared in the Freeze exhibition of 1988, this marked a turning point in the artist’s career where he began to employ assistants to create the spot paintings. As artificial as the chemicals and drugs that the titles take their inspiration from, the spot paintings appear to have been produced mechanically and without human intervention. Despite their deceiving simplicity, these works are laborious and painstaking to produce.