Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre, 2012



Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre
Diameter: 2438 mm | 96 in
Signwriting paint on canvas
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2013
White Cube Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


‘Monochromatic Sectors from Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Colour Ring, Dark Centre’ is part of a new series Hirst is currently working on. It consists of a circular canvas with an eight foot diameter, painted in monochromatic sections of bright colours: the darkest of each shade at the canvas centre. The painting references the colour wheels used by studios, schools and for general reference to work out opposite colours. The twelve colours depicted are: the primary, consisting of red, yellow and blue; the secondary, orange, green & purple; and the tertiary, yellow-orange, orange-red, red-purple, purple-blue, blue-green and yellow-green.

‘The Colour Charts’ allow Hirst to continue his exploration of “pinning down the joy of colour”, which began with the spot paintings. He explains the twofold appeal of the series: “‘The Colour Charts’ mean you get to kill two birds with one stone, or I do: I get to please myself with that joy of colour but then also it’s a found object, something I’ve found in the real world and reproduced. They’re about the nature of art: something very comforting in the real world can become terrifying in works of art. What’s comforting in a work of art is a faithful representation of the real thing, so once you take an object from the real world and make it into a great big painting it becomes a terrifying thing […] people just go ‘why?’ and the question ‘why?’ horrifies people, [they just go] why would you do that?”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst in conversation with Tim Marlow, ‘Entomology Cabinets and Paintings, Scalpel Blade Paintings and Colour Charts’ (Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. / White Cube, 2003)