1589 Damien Hirst, Spin Skull
On sale at Lawrences

Hirst first began working in the spin style in 1992 at his Brixton studio. After success with the piece Beautiful Ray of Sunshine on a Rainy Day Painting and Beautiful Where Did All The Colour Go Painting, 1992, Hirst went on to set up an art stall with his contemporary Angus Fairhurst at the A Féte Worse than Death art fair.

Damien Hirst with one of his spin paintings Image via the Telegraph Damien Hirst with one of his spin paintings
Image via the Telegraph

The pair dressed as clowns and welcomed punters to make their own spin works, which the artists signed for just £1.

Hirst's spin paintings always have an extended title which begins with 'Beautiful' and ends with 'painting.' Hirst began working on the spin series in 1994 in Berlin, the first spin he made in Berlin was exhibited at London's Waddington Gallery in 1995.

1588 Damien Hirst, Glitter Spin Butterfly
On sale at Lawrences

Hirst commented on the works ''childish'' qualities and how the process of creating them excites him "I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement. Every time they're finished, I'm desperate to do another one."

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