Hirst uses shock as a formal element; Stoke City did this yesterday, of which more later.
Hirst said that he only painted five spot paintings himself (there are about 300) because, ‘I couldn’t be fucking arsed doing it.’ He described his efforts as ‘shite.’ ‘They’re shite compared to … the best person who ever painted spots for me was Rachel. She’s brilliant. Absolutely fucking brilliant. The best spot painting you can have by me is one painted by Rachel.’
He tells of another painting assistant who was leaving and asked for one of the paintings. Hirst told her to, ‘Make one of your own.’ And she said, ‘No, I want one of yours: But the only difference, between one painted by her and one of mine, is the money.’
It’s not often Hirst misses the point, but he seems to have managed it in the final remark there.