Reactionary painter puts money where his mouth is

Well-known Scottish landscape painter John Lowrie Morrison, speaking in National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound, has launched the second Jolomo awards, which offer a £20,000 first prize to the best young emerging landscape artist in Scotland. Morrison, whose own prolific output ensures that he earns about £2million a year from the sale of his … read more… “Reactionary painter puts money where his mouth is”

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In Sotheby’s promo, Hirst vows to slow production

On Bloomberg Scott Reyburn reports that Damien Hirst will stop making the spin and butterfly paintings that are among his biggest sellers. “Hirst’s trademark spot paintings will still appear, though production of these and formaldehyde works will be reduced, the artist said in a video interview on Sotheby’s Web site….As was the case with Andy … read more… “In Sotheby’s promo, Hirst vows to slow production”

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Damien Hirst on Francis Bacon

“I think Bacon is one of the greatest painters of all time. He’s up there with Goya, Soutine and Van Gogh: dirty painters who wrestle with the dark stuff. He’s complicated. It’s not essentially about formal skill or technique or dexterity. It’s about belief. I believe! And the struggle, the sense that you somehow grunt … read more… “Damien Hirst on Francis Bacon”

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Hirst on Bacon

The Guardian’s column, “Great Interviews of the 20th Century,” features an edited extract from “Interviews with Francis Bacon” by David Sylvester. The interviews took place in 1963, 1966 and 1979 and were published by Thames & Hudson Ltd, London. In his foreword to the excerpts, Damien Hirst, simply described as an internationally renowned artist, reports … read more… “Hirst on Bacon”

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Hirst buys Insects

Colin Gleadel reports in the Telegraph’s Market News: “Last week Damien Hirst bought an entire exhibition before it had even opened. Clearly flush from his £130 million sell-out exhibition at White Cube (bar the diamond skull), he spent £500,000 on works by artist/designer Paul Insect, which went on view at the Lazarides Gallery in Soho … read more… “Hirst buys Insects”

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Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that

Maurice Chittenden in the Times Online: “When Sir Trevor Nunn, the theatre director, paid £27,000 for a painting he thought he was getting a genuine Damien Hirst. Then one night at the theatre he found out that he and his wife, the actress Imogen Stubbs, had bought a painting by two children aged 10 and … read more… “Damien Hirst’s kid could have painted that”

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