Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips
  • Description

    A Century of Modern Design: the Collection of Kai-Yin Lo
    Hong Kong-based collector Kai-Yin Lo amassed an extraordinary collection that reflects inspiration, innovation and scholarship. The collection of modern and contemporary design is global in its scope and vast in its chronological sweep.


  • Provenance

    Other Criteria, London
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, ‘Boundless: Contemporary Art’, 11 June 2015, lot 1091
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present chair by Damien Hirst fits within the contemporary artist’s larger body of “Spin” pieces in which Hirst spins the canvas (in this case, a chair designed by Jasper Morrison) and drops paint onto it, resulting in exciting vortexes of colour. The chair is unique and the bright colours and splatters of paint reference formal elements of the artists’ larger body of work, while the use of an existing, industrially produced chair references the artist’s tendency to work with found objects.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Unique ‘Beautiful Heart Beats Spin Chair’

beech, household gloss
78 x 43 x 45 cm. (30 3/4 x 16 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Commissioned from Jasper Morrison and published by Other Criteria, London, England. Underside signed and dated 2013. Executed 2013.

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020