Untitled (Butterfly spin painting)

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  • Provenance

    Heritage Auctions Texas, May 22, 2013, lot 72149
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    M. Palmer, 'Chef's 200,000 Painting Set to Boil over', The Daily Telegraph, 9 December 1999, p. 7) (illustrated)
    Booth- Clibborn Editions (eds.), Damien Hirst: Pictures from The Saatchi Gallery, London 2001, p. 80, pp. 56-58 (illustrated)
    C. Saatchi & P. Ellis, 100:The Work That Changed British Art, London 2003, no. 2, p. 4, p. 5 (illustrated)
    A. Petterson, 'Tough Times will provide opportunities', The Art Newspaper, no. 196, November 2008, p. 36 (illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Damien Hirst

    British • 1965

    There is no other contemporary artist as maverick to the art market as Damien Hirst. Foremost among the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of provocative artists who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s, Hirst ascended to stardom by making objects that shocked and appalled, and that possessed conceptual depth in both profound and prankish ways.

    Regarded as Britain's most notorious living artist, Hirst has studded human skulls in diamonds and submerged sharks, sheep and other dead animals in custom vitrines of formaldehyde. In tandem with Cheyenne Westphal, now Chairman of Phillips, Hirst controversially staged an entire exhibition directly for auction with 2008's "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," which collectively totalled £111 million ($198 million).

    Hirst remains genre-defying and creates everything from sculpture, prints, works on paper and paintings to installation and objects. Another of his most celebrated series, the 'Pill Cabinets' present rows of intricate pills, cast individually in metal, plaster and resin, in sterilized glass and steel containers; Phillips New York showed the largest of these pieces ever exhibited in the United States, The Void, 2000, in May 2017.

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Untitled (Butterfly spin painting)

signed "Damien Hirst" lower right; further signed and inscribed "For Sidnie XXX (heart) Damien Hirst" on the reverse
acrylic on paper
21 x 30 1/2 in. (53.3 x 77.5 cm)
Executed in 2011.

Price $33,600