14th Jun, 2022 13:00

Urban & Contemporary Art

Lot 269 §


signed and numbered Damien Hirst (lower right); numbered (lower left)
lenticular panel comprising digital print in colours on PETG plastic
edition of 100
image: 59 x 39 cm
frame: 63 x 43 cm

Art Republic, 13 Bond street, where purchased by the present owner

The mesmerizing artwork ‘Psilocybin’ is a digital lenticular print on PETG plastic. A playful take on Hirst’s iconic spots motif, the work shifts as the viewer moves, creating a visual effect of the spots moving from one side to the other that captivates the viewer. The brightly coloured spots are perhaps Hirst’s best-known motif as they aim to capture ‘the Joy of colour’ with never-repeating sequences of colour.

There are 5 main types of lenticular effect:
- Flip: which, as you walk past, or move the lenticular (hand-held) you will see a transition from one picture to the other picture.
- Animation: a series of very similar frames all put together so as you walk past you see a fluid movement (the type used in this work)
- Zoom: works on the same principle as animation except uses a series of similar frames from small to large, so as you walk past the image it grows larger and larger
- Morph: takes 2 images just like a flip however a special piece of software integrates the two images using lots of similar frames that changes each one gradually to the shape of the second image as you walk by
- 3D: you don’t need to walk past they are viewed head-on where you will start to see depth in the poster.

Damien Hirst, born in 1965, is a British contemporary artist who rose to prominence in the late 1980s after curating a ground-breaking exhibition of work in collaboration with his peers from Goldsmiths College. Hirst’s legendary ‘Freeze’ was an overnight success and launched the group into a category all their own, known as YBA (Young British Artists). Hirst has since continued to push the limits of fine art and is notorious for creating installations, sculptures, drawings, and paintings that shake up the art world with incredible vigour.

Sold for £12,500

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