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Giclée print, 2017
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 80cm x W 166cm
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Colour Chart H2 is a print from Damien Hirst’s Colour Charts series from 2017. The print shows an image of several coloured boxes in a grid-like composition, resembling a commercial paint chart from a homeware shop, each colour labelled and numbered. As a further development from his Spot paintings, this series allows Hirst to continue to explore ‘pinning down the joy of colour.’
Hirst has explained of this series: “‘The Colour Charts’ mean you get to kill two birds with one stone, or I do: I get to please myself with that joy of colour but then also it’s a found object, something I’ve found in the real world and reproduced. They’re about the nature of art: something very comforting in the real world can become terrifying in works of art. What’s comforting in a work of art is a faithful representation of the real thing, so once you take an object from the real world and make it into a great big painting it becomes a terrifying thing…people just go ‘why?’ and the question ‘why?’ horrifies people [they just go] why would you do that?”
The Colour Charts series is indicative of some of Hirst’s most important influences from art history including Pop Art and the idea of the ‘readymade’ from Dadaism. The colour chart used for Colour Chart H2 is a found object, reproduced in a print edition, transforming it from a functional tool to an aestheticised object that highlights the interactive potential of colour.