H4-4 Cannizaro is a signed diasec-mounted giclée print on an aluminium panel produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. The print, which was made in 2018, shows an array of spots, made using thick brushstrokes and dabs of heavy impasto. The spots are rendered in different colours, all of which are bright and vibrant, and the layers of paint bring texture to the work. Blue, red, yellow and orange dominate the composition, making it lively and exciting to look at.
The print is one of four prints that compose the Veils series which debuted in 2018 at the Gagosian Gallery. The series is inspired by what a veil can represent, with Hirst explaining “it’s solid yet invisible and reveals and yet obscures the truth.” The series, which embraces bold colours and gestural painting techniques, can be seen as a continuation of the Visual Candy paintings which the artist produced early in his career in 1993.
Hirst was clearly influenced by Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism in this print, as well as the artistic technique, Pointillism, which involves making a painting out of small, distinct dots. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed this technique in 1886 which Hirst has used in other series, such as The Virtues series which he produced later in 2021.