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Damien Hirst: Methyl Phenylsulfoxide - Signed Print

Methyl Phenylsulfoxide
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Woodcut, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 48
H 104cm x W 162cm

Critical Review

The spot paintings represent a departure in Hirst’s career from years of experimenting with paint and collage and are considered some of his most important and famous series of works. To create these works, Hirst slowly began to employ assistants and his aim was to evoke a lack of human or artistic touch. The sense of endlessness in the series is reflected in the way that Hirst made the spot paintings look like they were created ‘by a person trying to paint like a machine.’

Fascinated by intuitive colour choice from his days at Goldsmiths, Hirst claims that the spot paintings have removed any problems he previously had with colour, allowing him to present a perfect arrangement of colour that is never repeated. Bromobenzotrifluoride is a study in colour contrast and harmony. It is striking in its simplicity and it prompts the viewer to think about colour, form and composition.

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