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In 1994 Damien Hirst was dicing with institutional sanction, between nomination for the Turner Prize (1993) and winning it (1995). He already occupied a senior position among a generation of young British artists distinctive enough to win the laurels of the definite article. It was a diverse group that blossomed in the late 1980s, many on the fine art course at Goldsmiths, where Michael Craig-Martin and Jon Thompson had replaced specialist divisions with an emphasis on context – art historical, professional, social. Hirst's 'Pharmaceutical Paintings', also known as the spot paintings, began at that time. Two were painted onto the walls of an ex-London Port Authority building at Surrey Docks for 'Freeze', the show that Hirst, then a second-year student, had a much feted part in organising.

British Council Collection







household gloss on canvas


H 205.7 x W 221 cm

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purchased from Serpentine Gallery, 1994

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horizontal cross-bat of stretcher centre l: 3 inchspo; centre r: Apotryptophanae 3"


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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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