Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
- medium Lambda inkjet print in colors on gloss Fujicolor professional paper
- edition 111/300
- size 53.00w x 45.00h in
- created 2000
COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published by Eyestorm, London
Of the thirteen sub-series from Damien Hirst’s iconic spot paintings and prints, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) is part of the ‘Pharmaceutical’ works that are the first and most prolific. The spot paintings were first exhibited in East London in July 1988 at the legendary ‘Freeze’ exhibition; a remarkable exhibition orchestrated by Hirst, showing works by sixteen Goldsmiths’ graduates and establishing the YBA (Young British Artists) group.
As for the other works in the ‘Pharmaceutical’ sub-series, LSD depicts flawless colorful dots in perfect grids and patterns, painted on white canvas with household gloss paint. In his second year at Goldsmiths, the artist was simultaneously working on a series of medicine cabinets; another series of work for which Hirst would claim artistic fame and glory. As he was filling the cabinets with the packaging for medical pills and bottles, he stumbled across a catalog for the chemical company Sigma-Aldrich, which he then used as a source for naming the titles of his ‘Pharmaceutical’ series.
The random and infinite color series within the ‘Pharmaceutical’ paintings and prints is integral to the works. Hirst explains that, “mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where color can exist on its own, interacting with other colors in a perfect format.” Any problems he had previously had with color, Hirst claims, were removed by the perfect arrangement of complimentary, yet never repeated, colors in the spots.