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Ferric Acid Citrate

Ferric Acid Citrate
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Woodcut, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 16cm x W 38cm

Critical Review

Hirst’s 40 Woodcut Spots series is characterised by rationality and logic, combined with intuitive and aesthetically pleasing colour choice. The print is formulaic and crisp in form, with the clinical white backdrop hinting to the realm of medicine and laboratories. Overall, this series recalls the absurdity of Dadaism and gently mocks the processes of pointillist painting.

Of his famous spot paintings, Hirst has said: “I believe all painting and art should be uplifting for the viewer. I feel it inside me. It gives me a buzz.” Indeed these large and playfully coloured spots are light-hearted in form and subject matter, though are deceptively simplistic. The grid formula for these paintings is the basis for a seemingly infinite series where Hirst can infinitely explore harmonious and contrasting colour combinations. Hirst goes as far as to employ assistants in order to match the scale of his ambition.

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