United Kingdom, 1965
Silkscreen on canvas with glass, diamond dust and blades
182.9 x 121.9 cm
72 x 42 inches
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“Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else.” Damien Hirst.
“Hirst’s series of ‘Biopsy Paintings’, were first shown in the exhibition ‘Beyond Belief’ at White Cube, London, in 2007. The works take as their subject the results of biopsies conducted on diseased cells. The images are taken from science photo libraries, then inkjet or silkscreen-printed onto canvas before being worked on by the artist with paint and collage. The titles derive from each biopsy’s complete digital name.”
“The attractive colours of the canvas surface in the work are, on closer examination, variously furnished with broken glass, human hair, teeth, needles, pins, fish hooks and scalpel blades.”
“The Biopsy Paintings are based on biopsy images of thirty different forms of cancer and other terminal illnesses that the artist sourced from the Science Photo Library. In this series Hirst uses broken glass, scalpel blades and blood-like pools of paint in sumptuous, abstract swathes that repel and attract in equal measure. ‘I’ve always thought that art is a map of a person’s life, so it naturally changes as you change and get older’, Damien Hirst said. ‘I suppose since I’ve become a father, I think even more about the end.’”
Source: White Cube, London
White Cube, London
Private collection, Geneva
Solo Exhibition, 2007, White Cube, Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London, United Kingdom
Comprehensively known for his captivation of death and physical mortality, Damien Hirst is one of the most influential artists today. His most famous works include dead animal displays, spin-paintings, oversized semi-dissected sculptures and carefully constructed drug displays. The intense play ... see the artist page