Search

Damien Hirst unveils new 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks

Damien Hirst unveils new 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks

Steel-cut design

Image: White Cube

For his latest art pieces, the famed English artist has collaged blades, pins, and needles to create aerial images of cities around the world

The famed British artist, entrepreneur and art collector Damien Hirst presents his latest art series entitled Black Scalpel Cityscapes, and is a visual depiction of what he himself describes as "portraits of living cities."

Now on view at the White Cube São Paulo until January 31, Hirst a uses wide variety of scalpels, razor blades, steel studs and pins to create the different destinations. Set against a black background to form a bird's-eye view of urban areas throughout the world, the selection includes an areal portrayal of cities like Washington, Rome, Leeds, Beijing, New York and more – all of which have had political, economic or religious significance at one point in history.

Damien Hirst unveils his 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks

Hirst's unique new works are a sequel to a series of 'scalpel paintings' that he first created a couple of years ago. "I was flying over Milton Keynes in a helicopter and I looked down and I thought, Well what the hell is that, it's such a modern landscape," Hirst said.

Although this is a new type of art medium for Hirst, the artist comes back to the underlying themes of repetition, life and death, describing the steel scalpels as "dark but at the same time light".  

Damien Hirst unveils his 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks

Damien Hirst unveils his 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks

Damien Hirst unveils his 'Black Scalpel Cityscapes' artworks


Damien Hirst's Black Scalpel Cityscapes are on show at the White Cube, Sao Paolo until January 31 2015

Related articles

Buro 24/7 Selection