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Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst 'Gly-Gly-Ala' Spots IV Spot Woodcut Print, 2016

2016

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The vertical Spots 'Gly-Gly-Ala' by Damien Hirst is a multi-color woodcut in his signature palette formed with series unique colors. This exquisite piece is created in a limited edition of only 55 in existence. Signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right corner and numbered on verso, number #46 of edition. The artwork comes framed in a custom-made museum quality glossy lacquer white frame and is finished with premium non-glare UV protective glass. The framed dimensions measure approx: 52 x 48 x 2 in. / 132 x 122 x 5.1 cm. The sheet size 42.4 x 34 in / 107.7 x 86.4 cm. Published by Paragon Press in 2016. The Spot Series by Damien Hirst is one of his most recognized series, with over 1000 variations (created over the past 25 years) currently in existence. Each version of the edition series is totally unique and handprinted with the intent to look mechanical and systematic in execution. The random and infinite color selections within the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings is integral to the works in the iconic Spots series by the contemporary master. Hirst explains that, “Mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format." Any problems he had previously had with color, Hirst claims, were removed by the perfect arrangement of complimentary, yet never repeated, colors in the spots series. Damien Hirst is a British contemporary master artist and entrepreneur recognized for his iconic artworks that have defined the contemporary art world for over a decade. He is one of the most notorious artists of his generation. His varied practice, which includes installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, explores the complex relationships between life, death, art, religion, and science. Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965 and grew up in Leeds, England. In 1984, he moved to London, where he worked in construction before enrolling at Goldsmiths University of London, in 1986 to study fine art. While at Goldsmiths, Hirst organized the independent student exhibition 'Freeze', which has become legendary as the originating moment of the Young British Artists (YBAs). 'Freeze', which exhibited Hirst’s first spot paintings, launched Hirst and 15 of his fellow students to fame, making their place in art history. In 1991, Charles Saatchi, offering to fund Hirst’s artwork, mounted the first Young British Artists (YBA) exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Among the works exhibited was 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' (1991), a shark submerged in a formaldehyde vitrine, which became an overnight global sensation. As a result of the show, Hirst was nominated for that year's Turner Prize. Hirst later won the Turner Prize in 1995 for the work, 'Mother and Child Divided'. Known best for his use of symbols, the 'Universal Triggers' utilized throughout his career have instant relatability in connection with universal questions about life, death, love and everything in between. In an interview with Tate Britain, he said “I like work that says one thing and then denies it at the same time. I don’t think there are answers I think there are only questions. I think it’s for viewers to decide what the answers are.” Hirst is well recognized for his spot paintings, medicine cabinet motifs, brightly colored spin paintings, kaleidoscopic butterflies, large-scale sculptural installations and diamond-encrusted skulls. Since 1987, there have been over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions that have taken place worldwide from Tokyo to New York City and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. Damien Hirst works in a limitless way, crossing several different mediums and themes in his work and mastering all emotions. Damien Hirst's impact on the art world has had a similar effect to that of the contemporary masters before him, with similarities to be drawn from the monumental pop art work of Andy Warhol, the street-art sensation installation master Keith Haring, the expressive and vibrant paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the psychological themes and clever symbolism explored in the work of Francis Bacon and innovative approach of Marcel Duchamp. Damien Hirst continues to work and create art in the present day, with his recent focus primarily on paintings.
  • Creator:
    Damien Hirst (1965, British)
  • Creation Year:
    2016
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 52 in (132.08 cm)Width: 44 in (111.76 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    Edition of 55Price: $50,000
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  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU835114622462
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