Damien Hirst, Damien Hirst Spin Spin Sugar (From in a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume II),2006


Signed Damien Hirst Watercolor and Crayon on Color Etching, Damien Hirst Spin Spin Sugar (From in a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume II),2006

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Artist: Damien Hirst ( - )

Title: Damien Hirst Spin Spin Sugar (From in a Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume II),2006

Medium: Watercolor and Crayon on Color Etching

Image Size: 43 1/2 x 35 7/8 in. (110.5 x 91cm.)

Sheet Size: 43 1/2 x 35 7/8 in. (110.5 x 91cm)

Framed Size: 50 3/8 in x 42 9/16 in (128 cm x 108.1 cm)

Edition: An unique work from from one of five portfolio sets.

Signature: This work is singed twice by Damien Hirst (Bristol, 1965- ) in pencil in the lower right.

Condition: This work is in excellent condition.

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From the series Spin, the Action of the World on Things, Volume II, this work is a continuation of Hirst’s beloved spin paintings which originated in 1993. In 2002, important European Contemporary art dealer and publisher Booth-Clibborn commissioned these works which would become the most expensive print projects in Britain. To create these works, Hirst and his assistants built a rotating machine with copper plates to create two series of prints. Hirst drew on the plates as they rotated and signed them using his signature mirror writing. The titles of these works were inspired by words associated with ‘spinning’ and created alongside quotations from popular music.

This special work presented here, Spin Spin, Sugar, is one of 5 unique works which were hand painted with water color and crayon over color etching. The title of the work is taken from the British group Sneaker Pimps. This wonderful work presented is exuberant with color and movement. Using psychedelic hues, each layer of the circle appears mesmerizingly before the eyes. The splattered lines of yellow are signs of the artist’s personal touch, a reminder that chance and spontaneity play a vital role in Hirst’s work. Aside from these 5 unique works and the spin paintings, Hirst created a series of 23 etchings followed by a series of 14 etchings, all of which are a continuation of this project.

Created in 2006, this hand painted watercolor and crayon on color etching is  signed twice by Damien Hirst (Bristol, 1965- )  in the lower right, from the edition of five unique portfolio sets.

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Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Whether by setting the world record for the largest amount raised by any living artist at a solo auction ($198 million) or by encrusting a skull with 8,601 flawless diamonds, Damien Hirst continues to shock the art world with his developments in conceptual art, installation art, and painting. Masterworks Fine Art Gallery carries etchings, paintings, lithographs, sculptures, and screen-prints by Damien Hirst.

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Damien Hirst Biography

Damien Hirst is an English conceptual artist and entrepreneur born on 1965 in Bristol, England. He studied for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College from 1986 to 1989. Since then, he has become an internationally renowned artist who was awarded the prestigious Turner Award 1995. Since then, he has earned recognition as United Kingdom’s wealthiest artist.

The most prominent themes of his works revolve around death, rebirth, immortality and beauty. Like the French artist Marcel Duchamp, he utilizes ready-made objects to question the nature of art. While at university, he curated ‘Freeze’, a group exhibition which became a launching point for his career. At this exhibition, he debuted his widely recognized spot paintings.

In 1991, Damien Hirst began his work on ‘Natural History’, easily his most prominent series. In this series, he preserved various animals in minimalist steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde solution. Within this series was the work The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living which contained a 14 foot tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde. It conjured a visceral reminder of the fragility of life and is considered the iconic work of British art in the 1990s. The work was also unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery, a testament to his then close relationship with collector Charles Saatchi.
Hirst’s later works include the spin paintings which were rendered by spin machines to create colorful circular paintings. The spin paintings are noted for their bright colors and their unique forms and lines. Later on in his career, he would procure much more extravagant and controversial works. An example of such is For the Love of God from 2007 in which he recreated a human skull in platinum, adorned with 8,601 diamonds. This elaborate work eventually received the highest paid price for a single work by a living artist. It serves as a prominent reminder of one’s mortality and the connection between art and money.

Since 1987, more than 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place internationally. He has truly established an iconic status in British art. Hirst currently lives and works in London, Gloucestershire and Devon.

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