Damien Hirst, ‘Beautiful Catequil Negativism Painting for Nick (with Diamonds)’, 2011, Phillips

'I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement.' DAMIEN HIRST

Initially one might perceive Hirst’s spin paintings to be the antithesis to his infamously geometric spot paintings or grid based butterfly windows. The chance and spontaneity involved in pouring paint over a rotating canvas, feels far removed from regimented spots of paint. However, the mechanics of the spin series are characterised by a process based approach, which alleviates the artist’s hand from the final outcome. Thus, these works are embedded with Hirst’s formulaic way of working and maintain continuity in relation to these aforementioned bodies of work. Having experimented with this technique in the early nighties, while based in Brixton, Hirst’s spins have become a consistent fragment the artist’s production.

From the observers perspective, the creation of the Hirst spins are an interesting consideration of a personal routine or ritual; each work carries the spontaneity of colour, dependant on the artist’s impulse, lending it a unique conveyance from canvas back to the instantaneous moment of creation. In this sense, the present lot forms part of an evolving series of biography.

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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