A brand new collection of work by acclaimed artist Damien Hirst is now on show within the State Rooms in Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England. This is the primary time that these work have been proven in public. The exhibition titled, ‘Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures’ opened this week.
The up to date artist is showcasing 46 new work which are a improvement from his Spot Paintings that are identified to be the artist’s most recognised works. The exhibition additionally sees the return of his first Spot Painting that he accomplished again in 1986.
“My first ever Spot Painting was loose and painted with drippy paint, not minimal at all. In that first painting, I was wrestling with what I originally thought of as the coldness of Minimalism and the more emotional, abstract expressionist painting style I’d grown up with” Damien mentioned.
Hirst’s new work are actually a lot looser in kind than the minimal grid fashion with which is now synonymous along with his work.
“I realised I was wrong about Minimalism – the simplest, cleanest thing can provoke an emotional response – but the Spot Paintings still play with that idea; despite the grid, they always look happy, although there’s an unease there too because the colours don’t repeat when you expect them to” he added.
“I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine. Colour Space is going back to the human element, so instead, you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies. There are still no two exact colours that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope. It felt right to show them somewhere historic rather than in a conventional gallery space and Houghton’s perfect. It feels totally right.”
The exhibition additionally options 15 sculptures from the artist’s earlier collection together with large-scale bronze works and two kinetic ball works from his Mental Escapology collection. To coincide with this particular exhibit, his 20ft bronze sculpture, Hymn (1999–2005) might be proven at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) from 26 March to 29 July. The sculpture might be in place by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in May.
”We are delighted to have this chance to point out Damien Hirst’s new work within the State Rooms at Houghton, along with a few of his best-known sculptures within the grounds” Lord Cholmondeley, proprietor of Houghton, mentioned.
“It is the first time that Hirst has shown a significant body of work in a classical country house setting.”
The new exhibition runs from 25 March to 15 July 2018. Ticket info may be found right here.