Damien Hirst's artwork will come to Houghton Hall in spring
PUBLISHED: 10:42 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 06 February 2018
Houghton Hall will host Damien Hirst's new spring exhibition of never-before-seen paintings
Some of the old masters in Houghton Hall are to be replaced – temporarily – by new works from British art superstar Damien Hirst in an exciting new installation this spring.
The Colour Space paintings have never been seen in public before and are a development of the iconic Spot Paintings which are among the artist’s most recognised works. In addition six sculptures will be installed outdoors in the park featuring some of the artist’s most famous and visually arresting works.
They include the celebrated Virgin Mother (2005–2006) and Charity (2002–2003) while three sculptures will be installed in the house: Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006) in the entrance hall, and two smaller kinetic sculptures from the artist’s ‘levitation’ series, featuring air blowers and table tennis balls, in the celebrated Stone Hall.
Damien Hirst said: “I originally wanted the Spots to look like they were painted by a human trying to paint like a machine. Colour Space is going back to the human element, so instead you have the fallibility of the human hand in the drips and inconsistencies.
“There are still no two exact colours that repeat in each painting, which is really important to me. I think of them as cells under a microscope. It felt right to show them somewhere historic rather than in a conventional gallery space and Houghton’s perfect. It feels totally right.”
Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures runs from March 25 until July 15.