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Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst, Grey 'Spots' Etching, 2004

2004

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The Grey Spots by Damien Hirst is an etching with aquatint in his signature, never repeated, palette of colors in a multitude of greys and neutrals. The artwork is signed by the Artist in pencil on the lower center and numbered on verso. The Grey Spots comes in a custom made museum quality glossy black lacquer frame, finished with non-glare UV protective glass to showcase the works' unique size and shape. The framed dimensions measure: 53.3 x 52.5 x 2 in. / 135 x 133 x 5 cm. The Spot Series by Damien Hirst is one of his most recognized series, with over 1000 variations (created over the past 25 years) currently in existence. Each version of the edition series is totally unique and etched using woodblock with the intent to look mechanical and systematic in execution. The random and infinite color selections within the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings are integral to the works in the iconic Spots series by the contemporary master. Hirst explains that, “Mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format." Any problems he had previously had with color, Hirst claims, were removed by the perfect arrangement of complimentary, yet never repeated, colors in the Spots series. This stately artwork comes framed, ready to install with the Arton seal of approval for authenticity, quality and exquisite composition. Arton Contemporary is a gallery located on Madison Avenue, specializing in the Contemporary masters, such as Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others. Arton Contemporary brings a fresh perspective with advising services and has been a trusted source for rare blue-chip art acquisitions for the past 16 years. We put our clients first with focus on transparency, dedication and unmatched premium services. Questions on this piece? Send us a note or call us directly, we'd love to discuss your next acquisition with you. Damien Hirst is a British contemporary master artist and entrepreneur recognized for his iconic artworks that have defined the contemporary art world for over a decade. His varied practice, which includes installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, explores the complex relationships between life, death, art, religion, and science. Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965 and grew up in Leeds, England. In 1984, he moved to London, where he worked in construction before enrolling at Goldsmiths University of London, in 1986 to study fine art. While at Goldsmiths, Hirst organized the independent student exhibition Freeze, which has become legendary as the originating moment of the Young British Artists (YBAs). Freeze, which exhibited Hirst’s first spot paintings, launched Hirst and 15 of his fellow students to fame, making their place in art history. In 1991, Charles Saatchi, offering to fund Hirst’s artwork, mounted the first Young British Artists (YBA) exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Among the works exhibited was The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark submerged in a formaldehyde vitrine, which became an overnight sensation. As a result of the show, Hirst was nominated for that year's Turner Prize. Hirst again won the Turner Prize in 1995 for his piece, Mother and Child Divided, which consists of a cow and a calf each bisected and held within its own glass case. Hirst is well recognized for his spot paintings, medicine cabinet motifs, brightly colored spin paintings, kaleidoscopic butterflies, and diamond-encrusted skulls. Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. He has permanent sculptural installations across the globe and is the UK's richest living artist. Hirst continues to work and create art in the present day, with his recent focus primarily on paintings. To learn more about this artist and see other available artworks, please visit our website.

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    2004
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    Height: 53.3 in. (135.39 cm)Width: 52.5 in. (133.35 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
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    1stDibs: LU83517073342

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About Damien Hirst (Artist)

British artist Damien Hirst is widely considered the enfant terrible of contemporary art. He is the most prominent of the so-called Young British Artists, or YBAs, a group, largely composed of Hirst’s classmates at Goldsmiths, in London, that began exhibiting together in warehouses and factories after 1988 and is known for the use of unconventional materials and “shock tactics.”


     In the 1990s, Hirst said, “I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it.” And indeed, he is notorious for piquing critics and baffling the public with such pieces as his signature glass vitrines containing dead sheep or sharks in formaldehyde, and his diamond-encrusted skull, For the Love of God.


     Working primarily in sculpture, Hirst takes after French modernist master Marcel Duchamp in his use of ready-made objects and materials, which he combines to ironic effect. He often creates in series, as with The Cure (Violet) and The Cure (Turquoise), both from 2014, which are among several pill paintings referencing Andy Warhol’s embrace of mass production. Belonging to his ongoing series of “spot” paintings, begun in the 1980s, the 2005 piece Xylene Cyanol Dye Solution is striking for its machinelike, industrial uniformity and almost childlike simplicity, a seeming rebuke to the idea of the artist-as-genius.


     In addition to making art, Hirst has launched stores that sell editioned works (Other Criteria), a restaurant (Pharmacy2) and even his own London museum (Newport Street Gallery).

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