Tired of Damien Hirst Spot Paintings? A Brief Guide to Other Spot Paintings

There is a spot painting for every spot-painting lover

  • Damien Hirst’s spot painting spectacular has not yet opened at the world’s 11 Gagosian galleries, but we are already suffering from a bit of spot-painting fatigue. Perhaps you are too. Maybe you love spots, like Gallerist, but think it might be nice to see some other artists’ spots. It can be refreshing, even comforting, to see what else is out there, to see new spot paintings and meet new approaches to the problem of spot painting.

    For the record, this article is not meant to suggest for one moment that Mr. Hirst’s spot paintings are unoriginal or uninspired, or to engage in that tired debate about who made the first spot painting. We know that there is nothing new under the sun: Mr. Hirst found a fertile field in spots and prospered, like artists before and after him. (We actually would like to discuss who made the first spin painting, but that’s a matter for another time.)

    In the slide show above, we offer a modest introduction to spot paintings by other artists, for those exhausted with Mr. Hirst’s pieces, or those who are simply seeking more spots and are unable to embark on the artist’s noble Spot Challenge. No doubt we have left out some of your favorite spot paintings. Please feel free to share those in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you.


  1. George W. Bush says:

    Is there a difference between a spot and a dot? Andrew Forge made super-great spot/dot paintings. Here’s a sentence pulled from an old review by Karen Wilkin: “Recalling the moment after placing the first dot “without any thought” on “the biggest canvas that I had,” Forge says, “that point looked back at me like an eye … but also it and the canvas were talking to each other, too, so it was just hanging there and I felt it was the realest thing I had ever done.””

    A link to some images: http://www.bettycuninghamgallery.com/get_artist.aspx

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  4. Alison Gingeras says:

    Bridget Riley
    Agnes Martin
    Larry Poons
    Bharti Kher (bindi mania)

  5. Guest says:

    And why would one call these Damien Hirst’s spot paintings when he had nothing to do with their execution?

  6. Adeaner says:

    Timely post and thanks.
    Spots or Dots – if you want to see way more, please vivit my blog where you’ll find the categories, Postmodern Pointillism, Paintings w/Dots and Dottillism. I’ve been researching this for years and have quite a collection of these Artists under said categories in the right hand column.
    Enjoy !

  7. Adam Zucker says:

    I am so bored with most of these paintings period…Guess I am not a lover of dots…I’d rather have the chicken pox all over again than live with Hirst’s terrible spot paintings.

  8. Guest says:

    Dagley 1995

  9. Andrew says:

    When are you going to produce a painting Hirst ?Not a gimmick and a visual trash but a painting. There are paintings a few hundred years old: brilliant, fresh and unique…do you really think you are even remotely close ? Are you that dumb ?

    1. Binford21 says:

      All of his stuff is trash and gimicky. Wonder when the abstract world patrons are going to realize they are being taken by “Artspeak”…BS.

  10. Tom says:

    Does this quality as a spot painting. http://www.motspoint.org/

    1. Tom says:

      Does this qualify as a spot painting. http://www.motspoint.org/

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