Since his last solo exhibition in 2012 in the city of LA, Damien Hirst chose Gagosian Beverly Hills as the place to debut his new series, The Veil Paintings. This new series is a development of the Visual Candy, a series Hirst made in 1993-1995, and embraces color and gestural painting on a large scale.
Inspired partly by the Pointillist innovations of Georges Seurat and the post-Impressionist paintings of Pierre Bonnard, Hirst continues his examination of color and its effect on the eye. According to the press statement, the veil of the title refers to the space between this realm and the next, and each epic title names a different one.
‘‘A veil is a barrier, a curtain between two things, something that you can look at and pass through, it’s solid yet invisible and reveals and yet obscures the truth, the thing that we are searching for.’’
In the near quarter century since his pivotal show “Freeze” in 1988, Hirst has become one of the most prominent artists of his generation. Hirst uses the tools and iconography of science and religion, creating sculptures and paintings whose beauty and intensity offer the viewer insight into art that transcends our familiar understanding of those domains.
The Veil Paintings
1 March 2018 – 14 April 2018
Solo Exhibition. Gagosian LA, Los Angeles, United States.