Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: Quisqualic Acid - Signed Print

Quisqualic Acid
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 31cm x W 31cm

Critical Review

Though drastically different in composition, much like all of the spot paintings that Hirst has produced in his career, Quisqualic Acid is formulaic and crisp in form. The blue spot is a perfect circle, with its clean edges and bright, flat colours deceptively indicating a lack of human touch in its production. 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.

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. Quisqualic Acid is a study in blue, with the depiction of a single spot. It is striking in its simplicity and it prompts the viewer to think about colour, form and composition.

More from the collection

Related work