Damien Hirst – Spin Chairs 2016

Damien Hirst Spin Chairs - 2016

Damien Hirst Spin Chairs - 2016Damien Hirst Spin Chairs - 2016

Hirst first became interested in the spin technique when he was a child, after seeing it used at a school fair. Then in 1992 he experimented at his studio in Brixton, London, producing ‘Beautiful Ray of Sunshine on a Rainy Day Painting and Beautiful Where Did All The Colour Go Painting’. The following year, he set up a spin art stall with fellow artist Angus Fairhurst at Joshua Compston’s artist led street fair, ‘A Féte Worse than Death’. Made up as clowns by performance artist Leigh Bowery, Fairhurst and Hirst invited visitors to pay £1 to create their own spin paintings to be signed by the pair, (and another £1 to drop their trousers and reveal their painted cocks and bollocks!)

While their chance spontaneity stands in contrast to the mechanistic character of the spot paintings, both series use the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter ‘who is always happy’. Each time this kind of work is made, the results rely simply on the choice and position of the colours as decided by the artist, and the motion created by the machine that controls the spin. For Hirst, that spinning movement ‘implies life’, producing paintings he describes as ‘childish… in the positive sense of the word’.

10 Spin Chairs, of which 5 in Black and White and 5 in color
Household gloss on beech
790 x 406 x 427 mm (31 x 16 x 17 inches)
Unique
Signed underneath the seat
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Price: £10,000 each

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