Damien Hirst, ‘Adenylosuccinate Lyase’, 1992, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
An immaculate grid of vibrant individual dots, Adenylosuccinate Lyase from 1992 is a stellar example of Damien Hirst’s iconic Spot Paintings. Having been in the same distinguished private collection since a year following its creation in 1993, the present lot is an exceptional piece from one of Hirst’s most celebrated series, one which questions three of the most essential qualities of painting – color, form and composition – and relates them to the building blocks of science. Titled after a chemical compound, this work confronts the viewer in a mass of glossy vibrancy, each component of which stands in stark contrast to the white, rectangular canvas on which it rests. In colors ranging from dark hues to saturated neons to soft pastels, the spots interact with each other in unique visual combinations, just as the individual components of chemical compounds, no two the same, can create an infinite possibility of arrangements. Hirst acknowledged the series’ scientific parallels when he said, "the spot paintings could be what art looks like viewed through an imaginary microscope" (Damien Hirst, I Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One To One, Always, Forever, Now, London, 1997, p.246).

Minimalist in presence yet poignant in effect, Hirst’s repetitive forms in the present lot negate the spontaneity of expressionist painting in favor of the sensibility of Pop Artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol through careful, methodical gesture. But unlike these artists, who used the dot as a means to produce an image, Hirst mass produces the dot itself, paring down his composition to painting’s most basic form.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: titled "ADENYLOSUCCINATE LYASE" on the stretcher

Damien Hirst, I Want To Spend The Rest Of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One To One, Always, Forever, Now, London 1997, p. 234 (illustrated)
Jason Beard and Millicent Wilner, eds., Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings, 1986-2011, London 2013, p. 28 (illustrated)

Jay Jopling Fine Art, London
Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1993

About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom