YBA Artist Damien Hirst has told of how the inspiration for his iconic spin paintings were inspired by an episode of the Kids TV program Blue Peter. Back in the 1970’s the presenter John Noakes demonstrated the spin painting technique and it was witnessed by a nine-year-old Hirst. “I grew up with Blue Peter,” he told the BBC. “I got my idea for the spin paintings from an episode.” Hirst demonstrated how he creates his own artworks on the CBBC show last Thursday. “And then as I got older, I started thinking about Van Gogh and all those painters, and cutting your ear off when you’re painting, and at that point I thought, ‘Why does it have to be like that?’ “I thought, ‘No, actually, the better art is the art made with the spin machine.'”Hirst has been given his first major retrospective, at Tate Modern in London
The 47 year old is now one of the richest artists in the world making the Times rich list annually. His retrospective, is currently on view at Tate Modern in London. Hirst also created the giant spin-style painting on the set floor of the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 London Games closing ceremony.Hirst has been presented with a gold Blue Peter badge to recognise his contribution to British art and he will be seen showing children how to make spin paintings on the show on CBBC on Thursday at 17:45 BST.
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London from 1986 to 1989 and is considered by many to be the leading figure of the group known as “Young British Artists”. The YBAs are characterised by their entrepreneurial spirit, independence and their ability to manipulate the media.Hirst dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. His early career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, however over the last few years Hirst has distanced himself from this association. Hirst’s work explores the uncertainty at the core of human experience; love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal. His work has been exhibited widely,in Britain, the USA, Australia, and Europe. Work is included in many public and private collections.