Spin Me Right Round is an etching by Damien Hirst from the first volume of his 2002 In A Spin, The Action of The World Upon Things series. Produced as a set of 23 etchings, Hirst based this series of etchings on his famous spin paintings. This print shows concentric circles that reach beyond the edge of the copperplate, rendered in thin, scratchy lines that convey a sense of movement and speed.
Hirst’s first spin paintings, produced in 1995, marked a transition into abstraction for the artist. Combining the use of the mechanical spin machine in his studio with painterly choices in colour, these paintings made a mockery of Abstract Expressionism by removing the hand of the artist. This set of etchings were created by attaching a copperplate to the same spin machine and drawing on the surface with sharp tools.
It is only in the later stages of Hirst’s career that he has become interested in prints and editions. His first print portfolio was produced in 1999 and was a set of screen prints that depicted medicine bottle labels. Since his first print portfolio, Hirst has ventured into the technique of etching like the prints in the In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things Vol. I and II.