Cesium Sulfate

Cesium Sulfate
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Woodcut, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 15cm x W 38cm

Critical Review

As with all of the spot paintings that Hirst has produced in his career, this print is formulaic and crisp in form. The spots are a perfect circle and semi-circle set against a clinical white backdrop. Their clean edges and bright, flat colours indicate a lack of human touch in the production of this print. Hirst in fact employed assistants to produce them and the paintings are painstaking and laborious to produce.

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. Hirst explains that, “mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where colour can exist on its own, interacting with other colours in a perfect format.”

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