Are You a Photorealist Painter? Damien Hirst Needs You!

Damien Hirst, The Wonder of You (2015). Each print signed by the artist and numbered on the reverse. Edition of 55.
Photo: courtesy Carolina Nitsch.

Are you a gifted photorealist painter looking for a more permanent work arrangement? Has the precariousness of freelance life burnt you out? Do not fret, artnet News might have just found the perfect job for you!

Science UK LTD, the company under which YBA and entrepreneur Damien Hirst runs his various operations (see Tour Damien Hirst’s Many Real Estate Holdings), is recruiting photorealist painters, so clean your brushes, prep your CV, and keep your fingers crossed.

The recruitment ad has triggered a flurry of speculation around the artnet News offices. Is Hirst turning his creative eye towards the world of photorealism? Has he grown bored of painting (or rather, asking his assistants to paint) butterflies and spots?

We shudder to think. The last time Hirst tried to think outside the box, he created a series called No Love Lost, Blue Paintings that looked like bad Francis Bacons and got slammed by the press, to put it mildly.

When they were exhibited in 2009, the Independent ran a review titled “’Are Hirst’s paintings any good? No, they’re not worth looking at’,” while the Guardian gave the show two stars and a review titled “Damien Hirst’s paintings are deadly dull.” You get the idea.

Still, prospective photorealist painters could give Hirst’s canvases the boost they so badly need. Do you have what it takes?

The ad, posted on the Jobs section of the Guardian, lists the following requirements: “Experience of working with oil paint necessary, good color matching skills, and attention to detail are essential for this position. Candidates must have a BA (Hons) degree in Painting or an Arts related degree. This position is full time, fixed term and the location will be in either London or Devon.”

An estimate salary, however, is not listed. Hopefully it won’t be a question of “art for art’s sake.”

For more artnet News Damien Hirst coverage see:

Henry Moore’s Daughter Says Damien Hirst Sets Art Back by 100 Years

Damien Hirst’s London Museum Will Open Spring 2015

Damien Hirst Unveils Collection of Pill-Shaped Jewelry

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