‘beautiful sunflower’ panerai painting by damien hirst watch dials and household gloss on canvas, diameter 213,4 cm image © designboom‘we are here for a good time, not a long time.’ – damien hirst

‘beautiful sunflower’ and ‘beautiful fractional sunflower’ panerai paintings by english artist damien hirst are made with the technique of spin painting. dozens of watch components from florentine manufacturer officine panerai watches, all strictly without hands, are assembled upon the canvas surfaces. within these two-dimensional works, time is reduced to its circular quintessence, to its perpetual and unmeasurable motion. for hirst, the absence of hands is like the death of kronos and the triumph of kairos.

both paintings are the protagonists in the exhibition ‘o’clock. time design, design time’ which opened today at the triennale di milano, italy. curated by silvana annicchiarico and jan van rossem, with installation concept by spanish designer patricia urquiola, the exhibition shows more than 70 ‘timepieces’ that explore the concept of time in their work, chosen from existing collections and commissioned specifically for the triennale.

stay tuned, an article presenting the entire exhibition will be featured on designboom shortly.

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting close-up of the ‘beautiful sunflower’ panerai painting image © designboom

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting image © designboom

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting detail image © designboom

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting damien hirst’s ‘beautiful sunflower’  and ‘beautiful fractional sunflower’ panerai paintings on show as part of the ‘o’clock’ exhibition at the milan triennale image © designboom

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting ‘beautiful fractional sunflower’ panerai painting by damien hirst watch dials and household gloss on canvas 40,64cm x 40,64cm image © designboom

damien hirst: beautiful sunflower panerai painting detail of ‘beautiful fractional sunflower’ panerai painting image © designboom