Five Blacks, 1993



Five Blacks
Dimensions variable | Edition of 10 + 2 APs
Enamel paint on wall
Image: Photographed by Muriel Anssens, courtesy of Ville de Nice © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Group Exhibition - 2013
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Group Exhibition - 2004
Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France


‘Five Blacks’ is an edition of ten spot wall paintings, which can each only exist in one place at a time. Each work from the edition must contain 150 wall spots, though the size of the spots may vary according to the available wall space. The spots are painted directly onto the wall in a random colour order, for which 150 pots of paint in the correct shades are provided. Five random black spots must be included within the pattern, and no other colour is repeated within a painting.

The work is anomalous within the spot painting series due to its inclusion of black. In 1988, Hirst created the only spot painting on canvas to include a black spot – ‘Untitled (with Black Dot)’.