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Opium

Opium
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Photographic print, 2000
Signed Print Edition of 500
H 48cm x W 43cm

Critical Review

The Spots paintings, on which this set of prints are based, form the basis for an endless exploration of colour and form. Indeed, Hirst has only occasionally halted production of his Spots paintings in his career, continually returning to them with a new variation, each associated with a specific drug group.

Hirst has commented on the exploration of colour in his Spots paintings, explaining, “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. We are used to picking out chords of other colours to create meaning. This can’t happen. 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.”

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