Damien Hirst, ‘Controlled Substances Key Spot’, 2011, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original screenprint with glaze and debossing in 37 colors on Somerset Tub Sized wove paper

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Damien Hirst, also bearing his blindstamp in the sheet lower right corner.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 150, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 10 additional impressions designated artist’s proofs). Published by Other Criteria, London, bearing their blindstamp in the sheet lower left corner.

Sheet Size: 19 7/8 x 19 ¼ inches

In excellent condition, with bright, fresh colors, printed on a full sheet.

Controlled Substances Key Spot” belongs to Hirst’s group of Controlled Substances Paintings, themselves a subset of the ongoing series of images, titled The Pharmaceutical Paintings but more commonly known as the spot paintings, that the artist initiated in 1988. Based on the simple format of the grid, the images feature circular ‘spots’ of color lined up at regular intervals, with the spaces between them always the same distance as their diameter, on a white background.

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