Thursday, October 15, 2009
One of the biggest hitters in the art world, Hirst has chosen to put that all to one side and return to the craft of painting.
The exhibition of his new work, which has opened at the Wallace Collection in London, has been scrutinised by numerous art critics.
Damien Hirst has painted some paintings, entirely by hand. So far he has made his name with other kinds of art: with assemblages, mainly involving dead animals and pills, and paintings, painted by other people.
But now he has risked his fame, with some paintings done by his own hand.
They're thoroughly derivative. Their handling is weak. They're extremely boring. Hirst, as a painter, is at about the level of a not-very-promising, first-year art student. He is in his mid-forties. I think it looks kind of nice!