Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Wood Cut, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 46cm x W 46cm

Critical Review

Fenbufen is a signed woodcut in colours produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Made in 2012, Fenbufen is part of the artist’s iconic Spots series. The Spots series dates back to 1986, when Hirst hand-painted some loose Spots on board. In this print, Hirst depicts four large spots in a square canvas. The spots are arranged precisely, mimicking the square shape of the canvas, and are rendered in bright red, blue, green and orange. The bold colours used by Hirst reflect the artist’s love for colour and Hirst has described the spot paintings as a means of “pinning down the joy of colour.”

The spots in this woodcut are arranged with meticulous precision and despite the clinical accuracy of their organisation, the bright colours which the spots are rendered in lightens the tone of the print.

The name of the print is derived from a painkiller used to treat muscoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis. Hirst was fascinated with the pharmaceutical industry and often drew inspiration for his artworks from medicines and pharmaceutical packaging. The artist made an installation called The Medicine Cabinets while studying Fine Arts at Goldsmiths in the late 1980s. The iconic piece involved arranging his grandmother’s old medicine packets on the shelves of cabinets and the work was received with critical acclaim.

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