Inspirited by Hirst’s series “Spot paintings” , this week’s UNDER THE HAMMER artwork is the most original (Un)original of the collection! Simon Williams tracked down a man named Damien Hirst and asked him to randomly colour circles on a sheet of paper and then sign it. An authentic Damien Hirst!
The idea came from a theatre producer who, to counter some bad reviews for a play he had on Broadway, contacted people with the same names as well-known critics, paid for them to come to the show and then got them to give their opinions – which were generally better than the critics. He then used these as quotes to promote his play. Genius! Simon combined this with the knowledge that Damien Hirst never colours his own spot painting, he has a team to do them for him.
Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College, Young British Artists (YBA’s). He continueded to build his notoriety in the 1990’s with his series of artwork in which dead animals are preserved in formaldehyde. This most famous one being: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991) .
He is now the United Kingdom's richest living artist.