‘‘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.’’
Gagosian will present Damien Hirst’s latest series, the 'Veil Paintings' as the 2018 Oscars show, a much-anticipated annual fixture in the Los Angeles cultural calendar. Hirst’s last exhibition in Los Angeles was 'The Complete Spot Paintings' in 2012.
Following 'Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable', his highly ambitious sculpture exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice last year, Hirst was drawn towards the immediacy of painting and a return to the studio. This new series takes the 'Visual Candy' paintings of the 1990s as a point of departure and embraces colour and gestural painting on a large scale. Referencing both Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism, the 'Veil Paintings' layer brushstrokes and bright dabs of heavy impasto, enveloping the viewer in vast fields of colour.
Inspired partly by the Pointillist innovations of Georges Seurat and the post-Impressionist paintings of Pierre Bonnard, Hirst continues his examination of colour and its effect on the eye in the 'Veil Paintings'. While in the 'Spot Paintings' and 'Medicine Cabinet' series, his use of colour was contained within the formality of the grid and the minimalist pharmaceutical packaging, here it is given free reign, with joyous results.