Controlled Substances Key Spot

Damien Hirst
Controlled Substances Key Spot

An original hand-signed Damien Hirst screenprint print.


Original screenprint with glaze and debossing in 37 colors on Somerset Tub Sized wove paper

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

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 150, numbered in pencil in the margin 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.

12 1/8 x 12 inches

Sheet Size: 19 7/8 x 19 inches

Controlled Substances Key Spot” belongs to Hirst’s group of Controlled Substances Paintings, themselves a subset of the ongoing series of images, titled The Pharmaceutical Paintings but more commonly known as the spot paintings, that the artist initiated in 1988. Based on the simple format of the grid, the images feature circular ‘spots’ of color lined up at regular intervals, with the spaces between them always the same distance as their diameter, on a white background.
The Controlled Substances Paintings, refer specifically to dangerous drugs – drugs that are ‘controlled’ so that they cannot be accessed by the non-medical public. The series began in 1993 with the paintings titled Opium, Morphine Sulfate and Inovacodeine among others. The Key Paintings differ from all the other spot paintings by the inclusion of text with the colored circles.