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Psilocybin

Psilocybin
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Digital Print, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 60cm x W 40cm

Critical Review

The Spots works are amongst Hirst’s most broadly recognised works. Stretching as far back as 1986, the Spots paintings recur thematically throughout Hirst’s career in a number of mediums and were first displayed at the landmark group show Freeze in London’s Docklands. As with other spot works on paper, Psilocybin delivers stark, cynical satire using a visual language that is, on the surface, joyous and carefree. This work also uses movement as a means to communicate its meaning.

Discussing the aesthetic of the Spots paintings, Hirst has proclaimed “I believe all painting and art should be uplifting for the viewer. I love colour. I feel it inside me. It gives me a buzz.” At his best, Hirst packs multiple layers into the seemingly simple and Psilocybin is no exception. The print recalls the absurdity of Dada and gently mocks the processes of pointillism.

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