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Histidyl

Histidyl
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 76cm x W 95cm

Critical Review

Each with the same pictorial and optical efficiency it is almost impossible to decipher each of Hirst’s Spots paintings from one another. Despite their deceiving simplicity, these works are laborious and painstaking to produce. They are also deceptive in their joyous appearance, as Hirst has explained: “If you look closely at any one of these paintings, a strange thing happens: because of the lack of repeated colours there is no harmony…So in every painting there is a subliminal sense of unease: the colours project so much joy it’s hard to feel it, but it’s there.”

Integral to the impact of the Spots paintings is their endlessness and infinite potential towards many various colour combinations. This print is almost mathematical in its formulaic composition that is repeated across all the Spots paintings, with grids of various sizes. In the 1980s, the Spots 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. The apparent lack of human intervention in Histidyl further emphasises the mathematical precision that underlines their compositions.

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