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Damien Hirst
From the outset of his career Hirst was interested in the possibilities of printmaking and the multiple image. One of the main strands of Hirst’s work are the spot paintings which he first introduced in 1988. Referred to as his pharmaceutical paintings, Hirst invented the composition of coloured spots in a grid as a system offering endless possibilities with only one simple rule – for each work all colours could only be used once. The spot prints seduce through exuberant colours and are technically accomplished and labour-intensive as each spot needs to be inked individually before printing. The titles of each spot print derive from chemical substances used by the pharmaceutical industry.
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A single spot woodcut, printed on 410gsm Somerset White Paper, published by The Paragon Press in 2011.

Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst (born 7 June 1965 in Bristol) is an English artist. After studying at Leeds College of Art and Design, Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse, which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College, London. He is now seen as the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Notable for his energy and inventiveness, Hirst has produced a dazzling series of challenging works as installations, sculpture, painting and drawing that have propelled him to worldwide fame. His long-established interest in themes of death, science, religion and art has struck a chord with the general consciousness. Tate Modern will hold the first retrospective of his work in a British institution in spring 2012.

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Picrotoxin

Picrotoxin

Picrotoxin

Woodcut
The woodcut spot is achieved by covering the side-grain wooden block surface with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer). The impression is printed by placing the paper directly on the woodblock and then applying pressure either by hand or through a press.
Woodcut
Edition of 55
Signed by the artist and numbered on the reverse

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15.9 x 15.2cm
6¼ x 6in

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From the outset of his career Hirst was interested in the possibilities of printmaking and the multiple image. One of the main strands of Hirst’s work are the spot paintings which he first introduced in 1988. Referred to as his pharmaceutical paintings, Hirst invented the composition of coloured spots in a grid as a system offering endless possibilities with only one simple rule – for each work all colours could only be used once. The spot prints seduce through exuberant colours and are technically accomplished and labour-intensive as each spot needs to be inked individually before printing. The titles of each spot print derive from chemical substances used by the pharmaceutical industry.

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First Name Damien
Last Name Hirst
Artist Description Damien Hirst (born 7 June 1965 in Bristol) is an English artist. After studying at Leeds College of Art and Design, Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse, which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College, London. He is now seen as the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Notable for his energy and inventiveness, Hirst has produced a dazzling series of challenging works as installations, sculpture, painting and drawing that have propelled him to worldwide fame. His long-established interest in themes of death, science, religion and art has struck a chord with the general consciousness. Tate Modern will hold the first retrospective of his work in a British institution in spring 2012.
Edition of 55
Ed Date 2011
Inscriptions Signed by the artist and numbered on the reverse
Short Technique Woodcut
Sheet Size 15.9 x 15.2cm
Sheet Size (Inches) 6¼ x 6in
Image Size n/a
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Technical Description A single spot woodcut, printed on 410gsm Somerset White Paper, published by The Paragon Press in 2011.
Technique Pop ups The woodcut spot is achieved by covering the side-grain wooden block surface with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer). The impression is printed by placing the paper directly on the woodblock and then applying pressure either by hand or through a press.
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