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Contemporary art: Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings

How much do you like Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings?.

A marketing king probably surpassing Picasso. A multifaceted and controversial contemporary artist with a lot of punch. A modern business man with a bunch of collaborators who make part or most of his abstract art (like Velazquez, Rubens, Kiefer, Halley and many others did or do).

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 In this article I show you a small sample of Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings.

Both him and the British demonstrate to be marketing kings and experts. First a Gagossian art galleries exhibition, then the Tate Modern Art Museum one, and finally the London Olympics. Coincidence? Nop, simply a brilliant strategy and a great way to show to the world the probably most widely known British artist alive. By the way, check this also brilliant London exhibition comparing the art of Rothko and Sugimito. Simply excellent

I do not still know if I like Damien Hirst´s abstract art. I do not yet really understand what he makes, tough I have already mentioned him in two articles, this and a previous one relating his contemporary art to the one of Tapies, Duchamp and Rauschenberg. But there is something that attracts me. What is it?

And you, what do you have to say? Do you like it? Do you find it inspiring? Do you understand it?. Do we need to understand it?

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24 Responses to "Contemporary art: Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings"

  • Glennie Bee
    April 18, 2012 - 6:56 pm Reply

    I think Hirst’s greatest work is “Damien Hirst: Artist”. He hasn’t done any ‘art’ since the early 90s, and most of that was appropriation. His genius is, as you suggest, in marketing and self-promotion. Truly an ‘artist’ for our materialistic, value-free times.

    • yasoypintor
      April 18, 2012 - 6:59 pm Reply

      Hi Glennie, great contribution. I 100% agree with you in “Truly an ‘artist’ for our materialistic, value-free times.”.

      Thanks for joining.


      • Glennie Bee
        April 18, 2012 - 7:04 pm Reply

        My pleasure, Antonio! I always have something to say about DH – I’ve actually like him a lot as a person; he always makes me smile, but his ‘art’…grrrrr!
        All the best.

        • yasoypintor
          April 18, 2012 - 7:06 pm Reply

          See you around soon Glennie and thks again.

    • Molecules of Emotion
      April 21, 2012 - 10:02 am Reply

      You have hit the nail on the head with this comment Glennie, it is all about self promotion, except he gets others to do it for him, because he couldn’t do it for himself. He is no more a marketeer than an artist.He is a “used commodity” by the established great and good of the art buyers world.

      • yasoypintor
        April 21, 2012 - 5:16 pm Reply

        Great criticism Molecules of Emotion. The idea here is really expressing what each of us thinks. I doe believe he is a great marketer. I do also believe he is an unvonventional artist. What about he morbidity of his animal pieces?. He knows provoquing and expressing this catchy human emotion.

        Thanks for commenting.


        Antonio Basso

  • Olga Brown
    April 19, 2012 - 11:08 am Reply

    Did he paint it himself, or had he hired artists to do it for him?

    • yasoypintor
      April 19, 2012 - 11:16 am Reply

      What would you guess Olga?

      Thks for joining the conversation.


      Antonio Basso

    • yasoypintor
      April 19, 2012 - 6:20 pm Reply

      Hi again Barbara. By the way, your photography is hiper interesting and enigmatic!!. Thanks for the idea. Just fast checked it. Some of them made me think about Turners fires and atmospheres. Thanks for appreciating this. I try to do my best but the most interesting is people joining and expressing their thoughts. Please help spread the word on abstrac painting voting.



  • Wessel
    April 19, 2012 - 5:22 pm Reply

    I appreciate his ‘animal’work. Not his abstract paintings. Not to mention the paintings he did a few years ago. Then it was clear; Hirst is a bad painter. But like I said I think his animal work is powerful. His weakness is that he makes too much work out of a serie. For example; The skark piece. 1 shark is strong image. But then he put another shark in a box, wich weakens the first piece with the shark. Hirst should be more careful not to ‘plagiarize’his own work.

    • yasoypintor
      April 19, 2012 - 6:23 pm Reply

      Hi Wessel, as I said I do not yet know if I like or nor Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings. The origens od the color spots seems interesting, but the as you mention there is a lot of own “plagiarization”.which as with the shark may detract the original artwork.

      Thanks for joining and see you around soon.



  • Ribas Velazquez
    April 19, 2012 - 7:55 pm Reply

    Hi Antonio.I remember the first time I saw a Damien Hirst piece of art was when I was looking at a collection of British artists in an exhibition in Carlisle. Next to a Turner and a masterpiece of Constable there was a piece by Hirst. It was half of a little cow in a glass box. It really caught my attention. I had the impression that something was out of place and I couldn’t understand what I was seeing. I guess that was the point. As Duchamp demonstrates with his ready-mades, shapes can be explained by the use they are made for, but they loose their significance when you change their environment and become something else, something different, ART or an-art. I guess that layers can give us an explanation about the shapes we know and it depends in which level you understand reality.

    • yasoypintor
      April 19, 2012 - 8:26 pm Reply

      Hi Ribas Velazquez (Xavi), first of all thanks for joining the conversation. It is curios, because what happened to you the first time you saw a Damien Hirst piece is more or less what happened and still happens to me each time I see a Hirst. You talk about Duchamp ready mades and I guess it is more or less what Hirst does. In fact some say his is a master copier. Maybe he is. I don´t know but I believe he goes one (or various) steps forward. as you say it all depends on which lever you understand reality.

      Absolutely brilliant comment, yours. Thanks again and hope to see you around more often.

      Regards, good luck and lots of inspirational thinking.


  • edward jensen
    April 21, 2012 - 12:00 pm Reply

    As an abstract artist myself, I have learned not to try interpreting, explaining or even understanding works of pure abstract art, for to do so prevents me from enjoying the true beauty of the art. Even titles, although I use them myself, become a henderance for appreciating abstract art. Damien Hirst´s abstract paintings are true works of art. I enjoy looking at each piece, and have no idea what they mean, if anything at all.

    • yasoypintor
      April 21, 2012 - 4:59 pm Reply

      Hi Edward, why do you enjoy them?. The colors, the painting technique … or you just like them (period).


  • Tom de Gruyl
    April 23, 2012 - 4:44 am Reply

    Perhaps one day a revelation may change my mind, but for now, my gut fails to respond to his work. Marketing success may be impressive, but it adds nothing in the way of artistic merit (unless, of course, the marketing is itself the artistic statement, which renders the object to be of little intrinsic value.)

    • yasoypintor
      April 23, 2012 - 9:02 am Reply

      Hello Tom, I perfectly understand your oppinion. It´s pure logic but to a a certain point I belive he adds something tought not with his abstract artworks.

      Thks for commenting.



  • fiztrainer
    April 26, 2012 - 2:26 am Reply

    So glad I happened upon your blog. I love art, but was never very knowledgeable. I feel like I’ve learned so much in just the short time reading over some of your posts. As for this, I love these pieces because they’re simple (and by that I don’t mean simplistic, I mean they are not too busy if that makes any sense). Plus, I love bright color so the combinations of colors used here totally draw me in. Do I understand it? I don’t if I understand what his intent was, but it brings out the child in me. They’re fun and bright and just make me feel happy. :D

    • yasoypintor
      April 26, 2012 - 12:48 pm Reply

      Hello, thanks a lot for your king words and for following yasoypintor. The truth is that I alwasy try to do my best. If it helps people like you, then excellent!!!. I like very much your explanation about Hirst´s paintings. It´s fresh and sincere. Thanks a lot for commenting here and hope to see you around soon.


      • fiztrainer
        April 26, 2012 - 1:22 pm Reply

        You’re very welcome and I definitely look forward to following you. :D

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