In Kick Ass (2010), American gangster Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) has a formidable art collection in his penthouse apartment including two Warhol revolvers, a Hirst spot painting and a spin painting, a Marc Quinn ‘Self’ (blood head), a couple of Rothko’s and an Ed Ruscha which together create an incredibly visual and aesthetic back drop to a bloody, violent shoot out. A Lichtenstein ‘Whaam!’ is the only piece missing to complement this comic-book/novella rich movie.
Much of this art is owned by UK by British producer/director Matthew Vaughn and his wife Claudia Schiffer.
You could do no better than to boost your own art collection at the London Art Fair which opens this week in Islington’s Business Design Centre. The annual fair which takes place this year from 21-25 Jan 2015 is one of my favourite Modern British and contemporary art fairs.
For opening times and tickets see www.londonartfair.co.uk
PS. When we were working with Damien Hirst on his first solo exhibition at the ICA a couple of decades ago, he offered us a spot painting for a couple of hundred Great British Pounds. As we had just set up our design company Form with little cash in hand at the time, we sadly had to decline. Spot paintings now exchange hands for the price of a London flat. Two words come to mind: ‘prophets’ and ‘hindsight’…
You may also be interested in…
This catalogue of all Damien Hirst spot paintings (up to the point of publication in 2014) The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011.
Any serious book collectors interested in the very rare original Damien Hirst ICA catalogue, please do get in touch as we have two we are willing to part with.