Damien Hirst, ‘Meprobamate’, 2011, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original screenprint with glaze and in 135 colors on Somerset Tub Sized wove paper

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

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 150, numbered in pencil 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: 27 ½ x 37 inches

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

“Meprobamate” is an example of Hirst’s Pharmaceutical Paintings, which are composed of his signature colored dots. As a way of exploring the interactions and harmony between pure color, the Pharmaceutical series aims to present a mechanically produced experiment in color. While they appear to be created by a machine, Hirst meticulously attempts to remove any physical evidence of human intervention. Like the rest of the series, “Meprobamate,” an anti-anxiety drug, is sourced from the chemical company Sigma-Aldrich’s catalogue Biochemicals for Research and Diagnostic Reagents, a book Hirst stumbled across in the early 1990’s. The grid formula of the perfectly arranged, complimentary, yet never repeated colors in the Pharmaceutical Paintings are the basis for this endless series.

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