Eye-catching in its bold use of colour, Phendimetrazine is a screen print by Damien Hirst from 2011 published in an edition of 150. The rectangular composition shows several rows of perfect circles, known as ‘spots’, each row of spots reducing in number from left to right to form a triangular formation. Like the many other Spots paintings, each spot is rendered in a different colour and are evenly spaced apart, but what differs in this print is its variation on the typical grid formula.
The Spots paintings have become iconic to Hirst’s name. There are over 1000 of the paintings in existence, dating from 1988 to 2011, where Hirst has produced an average of 60 Spots paintings a year. There are many more editioned prints like this one that depict the rows of coloured spots. The grid formula for these paintings is the basis for an endless series where Hirst can infinitely explore harmonious and contrasting colour combinations.
Fascinated by intuitive colour choice from his days at Goldsmiths, Hirst claims that the spot paintings have removed any problems he previously had with colour, allowing him to present a perfect arrangement of colour that is never repeated. Hirst in 2000 remarked on the impact of an installation of multiple spot paintings, “it’s an assault on your senses. They grab hold of you and give you a good shaking. As adults, we’re not used to it. It’s an amazing fact that all objects leap beyond their own dimension.”