I can’t understand why most people believe in medicine and don’t believe in art, without questioning either”
Damien Hirst is the best bad boy in the art world today. He was even badder in his younger years, when he hung out with Joe Strummer of the Clash and partied in the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Before Strummer’s death, Hirst cleaned up his act, but he’s still obsessed with the way we, in the western world, interact with drugs.
“Pills are a brilliant little form, better than any minimalist art,” Hirst said. “They’re all designed to make you buy them… they come out of flowers, plants, things from the ground, and they make you feel good, you know, to just have a pill, to feel beauty.”
In 1992, Hirst installed Pharmacy, in the Cohen Gallery in New York, and continued his pharmaceutical theme in his 2012 Schizophrenogeneisis exhibit in London. “I can’t understand why most people believe in medicine and don’t believe in art, without questioning either,” Hirst said.
We are pleased to be able to offer some of Hirst’s limited edition pill sculptures, fabricated from polyurethane resin with ink pigment. Valium comes in both 5mg and 10mg sculptures, each a limited edition of 30.Theo-24 300mg ucb2852 is a foot-long capsule filled with white marbles. The Deltacortril Enteric 5mg-30 enteric coated tablets sculpture is over 17 inches high. It’s also a limited edition of 30.
Very early in his career Hirst became fascinated with the colors of the medications in a book of pharmaceuticals and began to paint his Spots series. Like many of his other works, Hirst continues this series because of his love of the colors they allow him to work in.
We have several of Hirst’s Spot series in our gallery. Each is defined by the colors and the size of the spots. Esculetin is a 2-inch woodcut spot. Fenbufen is a 6-inch spot woodcut.
One of Damien Hirst’s Spots is on Mars. Yes, Mars. Spots was used on the Beagle 2, the British craft that was sent to Mars in June of 2003 by the European Space Agency. Spots was used as part of the craft’s calibration system. Beagle 2 was supposed to touch down on Christmas of 2003, but was not seen until January 16th of this year, sitting on Mars. NASA photos show the craft relatively intact and, hopefully, so is Spots.