Meprobamate

Damien Hirst
Meprobamate
screenprint
2011

An original hand-signed Damien Hirst screenprint print.

2011

Original screenprint with glaze and in 135 colors on Somerset Tub Sized wove paper

Hand-signed in pencil lower right Damien Hirst, also bearing his blindstamp lower right corner.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 150, numbered in pencil lower left (there were 10 additional impressions designated artist’s proofs). Published by Other Criteria, London, bearing their blindstamp in the sheet lower left corner.

19 x 28 7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 27 x 37 inches

“Meprobamate” is an example of Hirst’s Pharmaceutical Paintings, which are composed of his signature colored dots. As a way of exploring the interactions and harmony between pure color, the Pharmaceutical series aims to present a mechanically produced experiment in color. While they appear to be created by a machine, Hirst meticulously attempts to remove any physical evidence of human intervention. Like the rest of the series, “Meprobamate,” an anti-anxiety drug, is sourced from the chemical company Sigma-Aldrich’s catalogue Biochemicals for Research and Diagnostic Reagents, a book Hirst stumbled across in the early 1990’s. The grid formula of the perfectly arranged, complimentary, yet never repeated colors in the Pharmaceutical Paintings are the basis for this endless series.

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