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  • Provenance

    Private collection, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Hours was formed in 2002 by Antony Genn and Martin Slattery. Between them, they have worked with three of the greatest British poets and front men of all time: Joe Strummer, Shaun Ryder and Jarvis Cocker. They have individually toured with Elastica and Black Grape, separately produced sessions for UNKLE and Grace Jones and worked alongside the likes of Brian Eno. Although the friendship between Antony Genn and Damien Hirst began over ten years ago, the music business collaboration of Hirst with the two men who would become The Hours, happened indirectly as a result of a great loss to popular music culture: the untimely death of Joe Strummer in 2002. Ant Genn and Martin Slattery had both collaborated with Strummer in the Mescaleros and on his solo albums. Hirst was a long time friend of Strummer during the glory years of the early 90s. Two years after Joe Strummer died of a heart attack in 2002, Genn and Slattery formed a band, calling themselves The Hours. Hirst put the band in the studio, paid for their debut album recording and got them ready for their first record deal. He also created all the artwork for the album and collateral materials.

  • 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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Beautiful Psychedelic Rays of Dancing Love Hours Spin Painting

2008
Household gloss on canvas.
203.2 x 177.8 cm. (80 x 70 in).
Signed, dated and inscribed with ‘Beautiful Hours Spin Painting IV 2008 Damien Hirst' on the reverse and further signed ‘Damien Hirst' on the stretcher.

Estimate
£200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for £217,250

MUSIC

21 Nov 2009
London