Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Paper Blossoms

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Paper Blossoms


HENI is delighted to present Paper Blossoms by Damien Hirst, a series of 900 unique original paintings on card featuring the vibrant imagery of his Cherry Blossoms paintings. The paintings are oil on card, mounted on birch ply frames, with canvas webbing around the edges. Each of the Paper Blossoms is signed and titled by Damien Hirst in oil paint on the verso.

There are 300 large Paper Blossoms, measuring 84.2 x 59.6 cm, each priced at US $45,000 (plus any applicable taxes). There are 600 small Paper Blossoms, measuring 59.6 x 42.1 cm, priced at US $25,000 (plus any applicable taxes).

The application period opens on 26 October and closes at 17:00 GMT on 14 November 2023.

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I want them to make you feel good, feel happy, I want you to get lost in them. and I want them to feel like summer, I want you to forget your troubles if you have any, for a moment and enjoy the idea of flowers, of sunlight and of cherry blossoms and I want you to love the chaos and celebration of the splattered paint. Is that wrong for me to want that? Does that make me a hippy?

Damien Hirst


Damien Hirst is a British artist whose name has become synonymous with contemporary art. Since his generative work as a student at Goldsmiths School of Art, Hirst's production has been boundary−redefining in nature. Working primarily in installation, painting, sculpture and drawing, Hirst explores the complex relationships between art, beauty, religion, science, life and death. He constantly returns to his foundational interests and themes, which he reworks to develop an innovative visual language.

"I want them to make you feel good, feel happy, I want you to get lost in them. and I want them to feel like summer, I want you to forget your troubles if you have any, for a moment and enjoy the idea of flowers, of sunlight and of cherry blossoms and I want you to love the chaos and celebration of the splattered paint. Is that wrong for me to want that? Does that make me a hippy?"

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About Paper Blossoms


Arranged side-by-side across long tables in his studio, Hirst worked on several Paper Blossoms at a time, moving up and down the tables as he built up layers of thick, tactile paint. This process recalls the creation of his monumental Cherry Blossoms paintings: ‘I was getting lost in painting and wanted viewers to get lost in my paintings’.

What results from this energetic practice are glimpses of the cherry blossom trees, views of their sprawling branches and gravity-defying blossoms. This intentional and careful use of framing to create more intimate experiences for viewers has long been part of Hirst’s practice, stretching back to his infamous formaldehyde sculptures. As the artist said, ‘I just want it to be in your face. I want you to feel like you’re too close to it, you know. All the work Iʼve made — you know, the sharks, everything, all that sort of stuff — I want it to be aggressive and in your face. I want you to have a physical reaction to it.’

PB433. Glam Blossom, 2021 (59.6 x 42.1 cm)

Series Details


The Paper Blossoms series features 900 works in two sizes. The 300 large works, titled and numbered PB1–300, measure 84.2 x 59.6 cm, and are priced at US $45,000 (plus applicable taxes) each. The 600 smaller works, PB301–900, are 59.6 x 42.1 cm and priced at US $25,000 (plus applicable taxes).

The paintings are oil on card, mounted on birch ply frames, with canvas webbing around the edges. Each of the Paper Blossoms is signed and titled by Damien Hirst in oil paint on the verso. The artworks can be hung any way up.

HENI Gallery


All of the paintings are on display at the HENI Gallery for the duration of the drop. Admission to the gallery is free, with no appointment required.

HENI Gallery
6-10 Lexington St, London W1F 0LB,
United Kingdom
Open seven days a week, from 10am - 6pm.

Timeline


To ensure a fair and broad distribution, Paper Blossoms are being sold on an application basis for a limited time only. If you would like to purchase a work, click ‘Apply Now’ and fill out the application form.

APPLICATION

The application period for Paper Blossoms opens on 26 October and will last 20 days, closing at 17:00 GMT on 14 November 2023.

ALLOCATION

HENI will carefully review each application and aims to start notifying successful applicants around two to four weeks after the application period has closed.

DISTRIBUTION

HENI estimates that all artworks will be dispatched within three months of the close of the application window. Timing is dependent on any potential restrictions, delays and when payment is received.

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