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Colour Space: The Complete Works

Colour Space finds its origin in the first Spot Painting Hirst made in 1986, whilst in his first year of Goldsmiths. Conceived in 2016, Colour Space serves as a response to the iconic Spot Painting series that followed the original work.

Where the Spot Paintings were painstakingly rigorous in their formulaic grid structure, intended to look as if they’d been made ‘by a person trying to paint like a machine’, the Colour Space series is looser, more painterly, featuring informal drips and splashes of paint. In both series, however, no two colours repeat within a single canvas.

The new finite series comprises 261 works, all household gloss paint on canvas. The series is subcategorised by spot size: 6mm, 10mm, 25mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm, with 12 paintings on a black background. Each painting is fully illustrated in the book, alongside artwork details.

Colour Space features an introductory essay by Ann Gallagher, Director of Collections at Tate. The book’s publication coincides with the first public exhibition of the works at Houghton Hall, Norfolk in March 2018.

Damien Hirst rose to fame in the late 1980s as a leading member of the group that became known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). He is now internationally recognised to be one of the most important living artists. Through a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst explores the complex relationships between art, beauty, religion, science, life and death. Since 1987, over 90 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide, and he has been included in over 300 group shows. In April 2017, he presented his most complex project to date, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, across two museum spaces in Venice. Hirst lives and works in London and Gloucestershire.

Colour Space: The Complete Works
Damien Hirst
Heni Publishing
ISBN 9781912122066
Hardback, £75.00

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