Early this month in Milan, two new paintings were unveiled by famed British artist Damien Hirst in conjunction with a fantastic exhibit at the Triennale Art Museum, O’Clock – time design, design time (full report on that coming).
Hirst is an avid collector of Panerai watches and the brand has actually made appearances in previous examples of his work: a Panerai watch is painted on a table next to medicines and a skull in “Skull with Watch” from 2005 and is physically present in the installations “The Tranquility of Solitude (for George Dyer)” (2006), and “Killing Time” (2008).
In these two works, Panerai is even more present. Both of the works are examples of his now famous “spin paintings”, but what you below is a canvas covered in paint, as well as actual Panerai dials. Atop the dials is simple household gloss. The large circular painting is titled “Beautiful Sunflower Panerai Painting” and the smaller piece below is, very aptly, “Beautiful Fractional Sunflower Panerai Painting.”
While the Hirst paintings may have been the focal point at O’Clock – time design, design time, there were two dozen other fantastic time-related works that we will be showing you next week. Click through to see both works in full.