Damien Hirst

Price realized: $365,400

Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow

May 20, 2023 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina
Estimate: $200,000 – $300,000

(British, born 1965)

Adrenalin, 1992, unsigned, gloss household paint on canvas, TL: pale pink, TR: orange, BL: red, BR: aqua, 29 x 31 in. (73.7 x 78.7 cm.); fine gold leaf frame, float mounted on acrylic, 37 x 39 in.

Note: “In the Spot Paintings the grid like texture creates the beginning of a system. On each painting no two colours are the same. This ends the simple system, it’s a simple system. No matter how I feel as an artist or a painter, the paintings end up looking happy.

I once said that the spot paintings could be what art looks like viewed through an imaginary microscope. They are what they are, perfectly dumb paintings, which feel absolutely right.” -Damien Hirst

Exhibited: Gagosian Beverly Hills, California Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011,, January 12 – February 10, 2012 (label verso); 11 Duke Street Ltd, London (label verso).

Literature: The Complete Spot Paintings, 1986-2011, published by Other Criteria and Gagosian Gallery, London , 2014. Pharmaceuticals, illustrated on a full page in color, p. 30, and catalog entry, p. 826.

Private Collection, United Kingdom; Private treaty sale via Christie’s to Kristy Stubbs Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 1998; Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow

tiny pin holes within each circle as made with compass by the artist with staining through to back, slight surface grime, mainly on top edge, otherwise excellent

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