Damien Hirst has taken his spot painting to the next level. The “veil paintings” are due to go on show at Larry Gagosian’s Los Angeles space.
I’ve always loved Bonnard and his colour, i went to see a show at the Pompidou in Paris of de Kooning and Bonnard when I was a student and both artists blew me away. These paintings I’ve made, which i’m calling the Veil paintings, will be shown at Gagosian LA in March. . . They’re like big abstract Bonnard paintings, I’ve been playing with the scale and the big ones feel perfect. how can you not love colour? Sunlight on flowers, fuck everything else . . #veilpaintings #colour @gagosiangallery
Hirst describes how he was inspired as a student by a show of works by Willem de Kooning and Pierre Bonnard at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. “Both artists blew me away,” he says. “I’ve always loved Bonnard and his colour. How can you not love colour? Sunlight on flowers, fuck everything else.”
“In that first [spot] 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. At the time I painted it, it felt uncool and I abandoned it immediately for the rigidity of the grid, removing the mess,”
“But after doing the spot catalogue raisonné I’ve felt really drawn to that first painting and knew I’d revisit it eventually–maybe it’s because I’m getting older. I realised I was wrong about Minimalism–the simplest, cleanest thing can provoke an emotional response.”
Damien Hirst The Veil Paintings Mar 1 – Apr 14, 2018 Beverly Hills www.gagosian.com/upcoming