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Revisiting his Visual Candy paintings series, which Hirst created in the 1990s, as a continuation of his fondness of colour. Hirst’s new body of work, the Veil Paintings from 2018, are gestural paintings that have been translated into limited fine-art editions.
Referencing Impressionism, Pointillism, and Abstract Expressionism, in the Ryoanji (Veil) one notices the rich and heavy impasto, as well as the brushstrokes that trace the artist’s movement on the surface. These works share a transcendency throughout the serene colour composition and offer meditative aesthetics, reminiscent of the ones found in Rothko’s abstract expressionistic paintings.
‘‘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." —Damien Hirst