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Damien Hirst

Emergency Paintings, Danger Paintings, Hazard Pictures and Seizures

Open from October 5, 2021
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming AssociatesInstallation view

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming AssociatesInstallation view

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Installation view

Artwork © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Works Exhibited

Damien Hirst, Safety, 2015 Acrylic and acrylic lacquer on canvas, 94 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Safety, 2015

Acrylic and acrylic lacquer on canvas, 94 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Urgent, 2015 Flexible crystal grade microprismatic vinyl on canvas, 48 × 48 inches (121. × 121.9 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Urgent, 2015

Flexible crystal grade microprismatic vinyl on canvas, 48 × 48 inches (121. × 121.9 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Extinguish, 2015 Acrylic and acrylic lacquer on canvas, 94 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Damien Hirst, Extinguish, 2015

Acrylic and acrylic lacquer on canvas, 94 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

About

It’s about violence and danger and escapism and death and warning signs and being safe or getting caught.
—Damien Hirst

Gagosian is pleased to present Emergency Paintings, Danger Paintings, Hazard Pictures and Seizures, the third phase of Damien Hirst’s yearlong takeover of the Britannia Street gallery. The exhibition features paintings, photographs, and sculptures that address the experiences and emotions of warning, danger, crime, rescue, and death. The works take their inspiration from a variety of sources, including the bold designs on emergency vehicles, the skins of dangerous animals, and media images of police activity. The exhibition follows the inaugural installment in the takeover sequence, Fact Paintings and Fact Sculptures, and the second, Relics and Fly Paintings.

The Emergency Paintings series (2014–16) was born from long car journeys during which Hirst was struck by the graphics emblazoned on emergency vehicles and their use of color as a warning. He took photos of these disturbing and beautiful designs with his phone and incorporated their high-visibility stripes and chevrons into his paintings. Powerfully conveying a sense of real-world crisis, these works also evoke the hard-edge abstractions of such painters as Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella. Featured alongside the paintings is a framed selection of Hirst’s original source photos, which the artist values for their raw documentary quality: “They aren’t careful or considered. . . . They are quick and easy snaps taken as the world was flying by,” he remarks, “and all the better for it.”

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