Edition of 55
Sheet size: 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in)
Signed by the artist on the front, numbered on the reverse
Published in 2011
From the outset of his career Hirst was interested in the possibilities of printmaking and the multiple image. The spot paintings he first introduced in 1988 offered a natural subject for printmaking. For the original series of Pharmaceutical paintings, Hirst invented a grid with only one simple rule – for each work all colours could only be used once. As prints, the spots seduce through exuberant colours, although the process itself is technically demanding 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.