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H5-2 Beverly Hills

H5-2 Beverly Hills
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Giclée print, 2018
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 90cm x W 90cm

Critical Review

The Colour Space series is based on Hirst’s iconic Spot paintings from the 1980s and ’90s that were the ultimate expression of colour and composition in an abstract visual language. While the Spot paintings were developed with the potential for endlessness due to their formulaic grid-like formulas, the Colour Space series are a finite set of works. H5-2 Beverly Hills abandons the original grid formula that governed the original Spot paintings, creating a work that is much freer and plays with expression and spontaneity.

Hirst has explained of this series, “My first ever Spot painting was loose and painted with drippy paint and not minimal at all. In that painting, I was wrestling with what I originally thought of as the coldness of Minimalism and the more emotional Abstract Expressionist painting style I’d grown up with. At the time I painted it, it felt uncool and I abandoned it immediately for the rigidity of the grid, removing the mess, but after doing the Spot catalogue raisonné I’ve felt really drawn to that first painting and knew I’d revisit it eventually.”