Lot 3
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Damien Hirst

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
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  • Damien Hirst
  • Beautiful Jaggy Snake Charity Painting

  • signed, titled and dated 2007 on the reverse; signed on the stretcher

  • household gloss on canvas
  • 121.9 by 121.9cm.
  • 48 by 48in.

Catalogue Note

Damien Hirst first exhibited at the ICA as part of New Contemporaries in 1989. Two years on, the ICA staged the artist's first solo exhibition in a public institution, Internal Affairs. The show included such well known works as The Acquired Inability to Escape, 1991, and Sometimes I Avoid People, 1991; sealed glass enclosures which implied an absent human protagonist. Hirst later exhibited work in the ICA exhibition 100 Artists See God, 2004.

For the ICA's 60th anniversary auction Damien Hirst has donated a
spin painting, entitled Beautiful Jaggy Snake Charity Painting, 2007. To make these paintings the artist uses a machine to spin the canvas on a horizontal axis – paint is then poured onto the canvas and centrifugally dispersed. This spin painting is unusual in that it is in a square format rather than the circular format.

When I showed at the ICA it was the cultural heart beat of London and as far as I'm concerned it still is. (Damien Hirst, 2008)