Spot painting by Damien Hirst

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.

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3 Responses to Spot painting by Damien Hirst

  1. daniella says:

    needs to be more detailed

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    well, it’s just a casual post on a blog daniella, not an essay: but – what would you like to know?

    Here’s a bit of trivia for a start. Hirst did his first spot painting direct onto the wall of a warehouse, in a show he was curating in east London, when he was student. Somebody wanted to buy it.

    How can you buy that? Hirst asked.

    Just give me the serial numbers of the paint colours and sign me a certificate, replied the buyer.

    A great many people blame Hirst for the ‘money aspect’ in the art market. But which way round does it really work?

  3. bendtheblock says:

    Nice post, lots more detail on Hirst’s opinion of this in “On The Way To Work”, a collection of interviews between Hirst and Gordon Burn.

    I found your article when writing a post that touches on some aspects of this…


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