Damien Hirst recently launched a new exhibit at Gagosian Los Angeles titled, “The Veil Paintings.” A total of 24 abstract artworks comprised of brightly-colored splotches of paint fill the white walls of the Beverly Hills institution. Ahead of the show, the rock star contemporary artist took to Instagram to preview the works while also letting fans know that he’s the only one behind the easel. In 2012, Hirst met controversy for hiring an army of studio assistants to create over 1,375 of his infamous spot paintings. This isn’t the first time Hirst has created paintings himself, but it sure is a long time since then.
The press release states that the pieces draw references to the Pointillist creations of Georges Seurat and Post-Impressionist paintings of Pierre Bonnard. In an Instagram caption from Hirst, however, it was more of an emotional reaction to color expressing that “In the Veil Paintings I just thought fuck it, I need to go back to my original feelings about color and forget the grid and to hell with the order.”
“The Veil Paintings” are currently on view until April 14. Get a closer look at the show above and visit Gagosian’s official website to learn more. In related news, New York City-based artist John Copeland is presenting a selection of large-scale artworks Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London.
For me, the Veil paintings are about now, about something energetic forming, like planets or ideas, they are about growth. I want them to feel like you’re looking through a sheer curtain at something patterned in a colourful, complicated garden beyond, and both the curtain and the garden are moving and work with each other and against each other. . I have lots of wanky conceptual ideas about them and I could witter on forever, but ultimately I want you to get lost in them I want you to fall into them and I want them to delight your eyes and make you want to stay in the painting. . #veilpaintings #la @gagosian
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