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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