20 December 2012
Since October a work from Hirst’s series of ‘Fact’ paintings has been viewable by way of our exclusive live studio feed. It is now possible to watch the progress of the painting, which depicts an enlarged scientific library image of a butterfly in oil on canvas, via timelapse film.
Hirst began work on the ‘Fact’ painting series in 2000. Explaining, “a photograph is from a moment. Painting is about stopping to look at the world, considering it, and giving it more importance”, his goal with this series has always been to attempt to reproduce photographs exactly in complete, realistic detail through the traditional medium of oil on canvas. The paintings explore our relationship with imagery. Hirst explains: “I want you to believe in them in the same way as you believe in the ‘Medicine Cabinets'. I don’t want them to look clever, but to convince you. I’m using painting to produce something that looks like a bad quality reproduction – the painting process is hidden as it is in my work ‘Hymn’, which looks like plastic, but is bronze underneath.” See other works in this series in our Catalogue of Work.
Our live feed will resume when the studio reopens in the new year.
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Epiphany: A Conversation with Damien Hirst’, Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘End of an Era’ (Other Criteria/Gagosian Gallery, 2012), unpag.
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Interview with Damien Hirst’, Sarah Kent (Time Out, November 2006)
Cinematography and timelapse by Dave Blackham/Espirit Film and Television © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012