Damien Hirst

Beautiful love kids co twenty-five to ten painting with beautiful butterflies, 2008

Butterflies and household gloss on canvas in artist’s frame
237.5 × 237.5 × 16 cm

Damien Hirst began his experiments with spin-art in 1992 at his studio in Brixton, London.

Whilst the chance spontaneity of the spin paintings stands in stark contrast to the formulaic spot series, both explore the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter. The results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine.

The spin paintings are characterised by the works’ elongated titles, which begin with ‘Beautiful’ and end in ‘painting’, and their bright colours. They are described by the artist as “childish … in the positive sense of the word”.

Freedom not genius, D. Hirst private collection, MMAM, Moscow, Nov 2013 – Feb 2014
Damien Hirst. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar – Jun 2017

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