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Dequalinium Chloride

Dequalinium Chloride
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Wood Cut, 2016
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 88cm x W 107cm

Critical Review

Dequalinium Chloride is one of Hirst’s iconic Spots paintings. These prints are all formulaic in their composition and production, and each Spots painting depicts a grid of colourful spots. The Spots paintings mark a turning point in Hirst’s career as he had become renowned enough to employ a group of assistants to help him with the production of some of his works. The Spot paintings are governed by a small number of basic rules, which assistants could easily follow. The series holds the possibility for countless iterations and variations.

The name of the print, Dequalinium Chloride, refers to a drug used to treat sore throats. The print therefore captures Hirst’s fascination with modern medicine which he frequently explores in his artworks, most notably in series such as The Cure and Eat the Rich.

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