First glimpse of the new series ‘Bonnard-inspired’ paintings by Damien Hirst
Pointillist works will be on show next month at the Gagos gallery in Los Angeles
Damien Hirst has brought spot painting to the next level in a new series of works made in pointillist style blobs of vividly colored paint that he describes as “large abstract Bonnard paintings”……………..
The “slider paintings” will be on March 1 (until April 14) in Larry Gagosian’s Los Angeles space, in what will be the first solo exhibition of Hirst with the mega dealer since returning to the gallery in 2016.
But the former YBA has already given spectators their own view of the vibrant canvases on Instagram. Hirst describes how, as a student, he was inspired by a show with works by Willem de Kooning and Pierre Bonnard at the Center Pompidou in Paris. “Both artists have blown me away,” he says. “I have always loved Bonnard and his color, how can you not like color? Sunlight on flowers, fuck everything else.”
Not to shun an egalitarian approach to art, Hirst compares the surface of the works with Iced Gems cookies, a favorite from childhood for British children who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s. “The texture of these paintings reminds me of sweets that I received from my mother as a child,” he says. “They were in a bag like chips and were a dollop of brightly colored icing sugar squeezed from a cream bag onto a small, round, tasteless cookie jar.”
Hirst also draws parallels with the album cover of the British art director and graphic designer Peter Saville made for Joy Division’s album, Unknown Pleasures. “If you look closely, the paint is like mountains and valleys on an insanely colored planet,” he says.
In many ways, the new works remind us of Hirst’s early place paintings. His first, painted in 1986, two years before he conceived and compiled the groundbreaking Freeze exhibition, was loosely painted with dripping pigment, ‘not at all minimal’, says Hirst.
“In that first painting, I struggled with what I originally thought of as the coldness of minimalism and the more emotional, abstract expressionist style of painting I had been brought up with, and when I painted it, it felt cold and I immediately let it go. to clear the stiffness of the grid and the mess, “says Hirst. “But after I made the spot catalog raisoné, I felt really attracted to that first painting and I knew I would see it again – maybe it’s because I get older.” I realized that I was wrong with minimalism – the simplest The cleanest thing can provoke an emotional reaction. ”