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DAMIEN HIRST | INVESTING IN ART
British artist Damien Hirst is world-famous for works such as his shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde which has been loaned in the past to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A tenacious businessman as well as a Creative, his London studio produces pieces at such a pace that it has been dubbed 'the art factory' and there have been reports that sometimes Hirst's only contribution is his signature on the work.
 
Despite this and other controversies that have dogged this Turner Prize-winners’ rise to infamy, he is Britain's most successful living artist and his work is much in demand.
The artist is often referred to as a pioneer of the Young British Artists (YBAs); a movement which revolutionized the art scene in the late 80’s and 90’s with pieces that shocked, reeked and offended, at a time when collected fine art was typically polished and pristine.
Tracey Emin won accolades for displaying her messy bed; Marc Quinn made a cast of his head using his own frozen blood and at the centre was the ringleader, Damien Hirst, who put rotting cows’ heads on display and let flies die upon them.

Eyestorm collaborated with Hirst one year into being founded as the first online art gallery to present limited edition prints by world-class artists. Five works by Damien Hirst were offered at accessible prices and for the first time, outside the physical gallery space. Painting-by-Numbers, Valium, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) and Opium are considered some of the earliest prints of Hirst’s career. At almost seventeen years old. They are as coveted as they ever have been, with a value between them that has risen by 2000%, since the year 2000.

Damien Hirst

Valium , 2000

127(w) x 127(h) cm
50.00(w) x 50.00(h) inches
Lambda C Type print

Signed on the front and numbered on verso.
Edition of 500
PRICE
£ 14,000.00
Available from a private collection
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LSD and Opium, editions of 300 and 500 respectively, offer the classic ‘grid’ spot formation for which the artist is now so well known. LSD being substantially sized and from a small edition run offers the collector something more rarely traded and that fewer people own. Opium is small enough to find a place for in even the most crowded of walls, and specimens are often found to be in excellent condition. It’s a highly traded print of a domestically-suitable size, ideal for the start-out collector.

For collectors who enjoy the colour and drama of Spin, there is the added benefit of investing in a print where the medium is a highly respected form of craftsmanship. This work was screenprinted by hand with an impressive 24 layers of gloss and enamel ink. It doesn’t command the same value as Valium though, despite its relative scale and edition size. Valium is by far the most successful print of the series- a dynamic vortex of spots which have set it as the most traded in the history of Eyestorm and the most active among our works in public auctions.

Damien Hirst

Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) , 2001

101(w) x 101(h) cm
40.00(w) x 40.00(h) inches
24-colour Screenprint

Signed and numbered
Edition of 500
Available from a private collection
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Painting-by-Numbers is often overlooked by collectors, but must be in the category of Hirst’s more humorous editions. As Hirst increasingly became a household name in the UK in the early 00’ies, the press starting writing stories about how the artist had employed young art graduates as assistants, such as James Hunter, who were effectively painting his spot paintings. This was nothing new and Andy Warhol was well known for having a stable of assistants printing his editions at The Factory in New York. Rather than being offended, Hirst’s response was to release Painting-by-Numbers, exclusively with Eyestorm. The artwork was a box which inside had a 90 small buckets of paint, 90 brushes and a blank canvas which on it only had 90 outlined printed circles with a number inside, each corresponding to the numbers on the buckets of paint. You could say this was the ultimate democratisation of art; with this piece everyone could become one of Damien Hirst’s assistants. The blank canvas was signed by Hirst on the back.
Damien Hirst

Painting by Numbers (Red) , 2001

110(w) x 215(h) cm
43.31(w) x 84.65(h) inches
Canvas, 90 enamel, 90 brushes and cardboard packaging
Edition of 175
Available from a private collection
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Few marketplaces are as changeable as contemporary art, few attitudes surrounding Hirst’s contribution to it, as volatile. This is a realm where price levels for Hirst works have been seen to catapult in a matter of minutes by a handful of collectors in an auction. It’s not an unusual phenomenon, with celebrated artists across every art genre, continually being reshuffled in subtle ways at auction. Damien Hirst is one artist however who continually comes back, intrigue in him is always present and sales ever frequent. He also attracts unprecedented public attention, whatever the auction peaks and troughs. His 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern welcomed 460,000 visitors, his 2008 Sotheby’s record of sales at over £111,000,000 was 10 times that of the previous record for an auction dedicated to any single artist and his first solo show in the Middle East in 2013 was his largest exhibition, ever. Regardless of your opinion of Damien Hirst, his legacy is persistent and can come into the Eyestorm collector’s grasp via five accessible and exemplary works.
Damien Hirst

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) , 2000

127(w) x 106(h) cm
50.00(w) x 41.93(h) inches
Lambda C type print

Signed on the front and numbered on verso.
Edition of 300
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£ 11,250.00
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June 22nd 2018
Danish artist Henrik Simonsen is well known for his abstract and colourful work of the natural elements. Often inspired by childhood memories, sketches done over several years and from travelling around the world, Simonsen creates intriguing landscapes which fascinates collectors all over the world. This week we visited Simonsen in his studio in Kreuzberg, the very creative part of the former East Berlin and today known as a hotspot for artists. On a warm and partly sunny summer day our conversation covered Simonsen’s passion for his art, life philosophies and the importance of having a long perspective.
January 19th 2018
Best known for his metal sculptures of balloon dogs and everyday objects, Jeff Koons takes industrially-made articles, strips them of their practical use and re-presents them as art icons. He plays with themes of banality, mass-appeal and commerce with arguably greater showmanship, and on a grander scale, than any artist before him.
STUDIO VISIT
by Henrik Riis
INVESTING IN ART
by Carys Lake-edwards
December 7th 2018
Henrik Simonsen describes his art as having a starting point in nature and the seasons - though not the literal translation of these elements, but more so his unique impressions and emotional response to them: observations of the way the light appears at certain times of the year; the changing life cycle of the plants; and that feeling of new beginnings or in some cases, the end of an era.
£ 1,020.00
DO YOU OWN A DAMIEN HIRST PRINT EDITION YOU WISH TO SELL?
Valium
With two major exhibitions during the Venice Biennale, 2017 was a year which increased the awareness of Damien Hirst. With Hirst still actively releasing new print editions, many collectors focus on his earlier work from 2000 and before, such as Valium, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Opium, Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) and Painting-by-Numbers.

If you have one of the above prints that you are potentially interested in selling, please do get in touch with us via the Contact page, which you can find here.
 
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