Spin for Ben, 2010

by Damien Hirst

This colourful and energetic spin was commissioned by Ben Kealey, keyboard and synth player of English rock band Kasabian. Hirst describes his spin paintings as ‘childish… in the positive sense of the word’. The chance spontaneity of the spin paintings stands in stark contrast to his previous formulaic spot series. Both explore the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter, since the results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 28.3 x 28.3 ins/ 72.0 x 72.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dedicated ‘For Ben ? Damien Hirst’ (lower centre)
MEDIUM: Acrylic on paper

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Damien Hirst is one of the most prominent artists of his generation and the most visible member of the Y.B.As, (Young British Artists).

This colourful and energetic spin was commissioned by Ben Kealey, keyboard and synth player of English rock band Kasabian. Hirst describes his spin paintings as ‘childish… in the positive sense of the word’. The chance spontaneity of the spin paintings stands in stark contrast to his previous formulaic spot series. Both explore the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter, since the results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine.

Hirst first began experimenting with Spin art in 1992 in his studio in Brixton and the following year he set up a spin art stall with fellow artist, Angus Fairhurst. The pair asked for £1 in return for the public to create their own spin painting, which the pair would then sign. When Hirst moved to Berlin in 1994 he made a spin machine, and subsequently exhibited a number of his machine-spin works at the Bruno Brunnet contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. This exhibition also involved participation of the visitor, who were each asked to make their own free drawings on a spin drawing machine made from a drill.

Ben Kealey (Kasabian), UK (acquired directly from the artist’s studio)

Multiples Inc. Denmark

Jon Swinstead, London

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Born in Bristol in 1965, Hirst was raised Catholic and grew up in Leeds. His early religious education is something that later factors into his artwork. Early on he showed an interest in drawing, which was supported by his mother. He also developed an interest in illustrated pathology books, fascinated by the images of disease and injury.

Hirst is widely recognised and often controversial works include a dead shark suspended in formaldehyde, a dissected cow and her calf, two huge windowless exhibition rooms swirling with live tropical butterflies hatched from pupae pinned to canvasses, not to mention the outrageously extravagant diamond-encrusted skull with a price-tag of £50million. His work calls into question our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate life and death, beauty and horror, reason and faith, desire and fear, and the tireless theme of love and hate. Often using the iconography of science and religion, Hirst creates sculptures and paintings whose intensity transcends our familiar understanding of these concepts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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