Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Damien Hirst created his first spot painting in the mid-1980s. He claims to have only painted the first few dozen himself leaving the rest for his assistants. These paintings look like they have be painted by a machine due to the layout and color schemes. The spots range from the sizes of pinholes to 60 inches across. The piece above was taken from his pharmaceutical collection. Each piece in this collection is named after chemicals. The only commonality that I could find between the chemicals and the paintings were a sense of artificialness. The drugs that he used are not naturally found in nature and the grid like paintings seem to lean towards machine/human production than natural production.