Tryptophan

Tryptophan
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Woodcut, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 48
H 102cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

The 12 Woodcut Spots series is reminiscent of Hirst’s Pharmaceutical paintings that span across his career and is one of his most prolific works. The titles from this series are taken randomly from the chemical company Sigma-Aldrich’s catalogue ‘Biochemicals for Research and Diagnostic Reagents’ that Hirst first encountered in the early 1990s. The grid formula is integral to the endless potential that Hirst’s spot paintings hold and allow for a rational and precise exploration of colour combinations.

Hirst has said of these works, “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.” There are over 1000 spot paintings in existence, dating from 1988 to 2011, and over the last 24 years Hirst has produced an average of 60 spot paintings a year.

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