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Are you a photorealist painter? Are you looking for a full-time job? Are you based in (or willing to move to) London or Devon? Well you’re in luck because Damien Hirst, through his company Science UK Ltd., is hiring! A job posting on Guardian Jobs last week that closes today seeks multiple painters of the photorealist persuasion.
“Experience of working with oil paint necessary, good colour matching skills and attention to detail are essential for this position,” the posting explains. “This position is full time, fixed term and the location will be in either London or Devon.” The job listing promises a “competitive salary.”
Though he is best known for his formaldehyde-filled aquarium sculptures and boorish spot paintings, any aficionado of the Hirst oeuvre will tell you that photorealism has long been an essential component of his
factory practice. Who, for instance, could forget his Fact Paintings series, which spanned 2002 to 2010 and includes images of classic Hirst tropes including butterflies, jewels, pills, and skulls rendered on canvases in exactingly precise oil brushstrokes?
Like Jeff Koons’ boosting production at his Pennsylvania stone sculpture facility, Hirst’s hiring spree suggests an imminent increase in output, but exactly what type of work these new photorealist minions will be tasked with churning out is anybody’s guess. If only the live studio feed that used to stream on his homepage still worked, we could watch over the new hires’ shoulders as they executed Hirst’s next line of paintings. Instead, we’ll have to line up outside Gagosian on opening night like everybody else — or not.
h/t artnet News