Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: Benzyloxyurea - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Woodcut, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 46cm x W 36cm

Critical Review

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.” This series is representative of the spot paintings that constitute some of Hirst’s most recognisable works. There are over 1000 spot paintings in existence, dating from 1988 to 2011.

Integral to the impact of the spot paintings is its endlessness and infinite potential towards many various colour combinations. This print is almost mathematical in its formulaic composition that is repeated across the series, with grids of various sizes. In the 1980s, the spot paintings marked a shift in Hirst’s artistic career, where he began to employ assistants to complete the painstaking and laborious task of producing these works. The apparent lack of human intervention in these works further emphasises the mathematical precision that underlines their compositions.

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