A Damien Hirst “Spin” painting makes a splashy statement in the dining area of Sue Hostetler’s Aspen home designed by Sara Story.
Photo: David Marlow

Interiors Where Damien Hirst’s Provocative Works Take Center Stage

With their color and levity, the British artist’s works dramatically uplift any space

Certain artists seem to have the golden touch, with each work they create becoming an overnight icon. Such is the case with YBA artist Damien Hirst, who has both shocked and delighted critics since first entering the contemporary art scene in the late 1980s. With career highlights including a Turner Prize, $100 million diamond-encrusted platinum skull, and a two-day Sotheby’s auction extravaganza that achieved nearly $200 million, it’s no surprise that Hirst remains of the world’s most closely watched artists.

Praised for their vibrant colors and levity, Hirst’s “Spin” series, butterflies, and dots have become popular in the homes of top collectors and dealers. (They are also more suited for a residential setting than, say, one of his formaldehyde-preserved animals.) Below, see how five spaces featured in Galerie’s archives each uniquely incorporate the artist’s stimulating canvases.

A Damien Hirst spin painting in Tina Kim’s Upper West Side townhouse.
A Hirst “Spin” painting in Tina Kim’s Upper West Side townhouse. Photo: Timothy Doyon © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020

1. Tina Kim is a Korean-born Chelsea gallerist who is well known for introducing American collectors to established and emerging Korean artists. Her Upper West Side townhouse, designed by Charlap Hyman & Herrero, reflects her passion for both Eastern and Western contemporary art. Here, one of Hirst’s “Spin” paintings adds a splash of color to the space’s otherwise neutral palette.

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Italian chairs from the 1960s surround the vintage dining table, and the vintage mercury-glass canister pendants are by Gregory Rogan; the sculpture is by William J. O’Brien; a butterfly painting by Damien Hirst hangs above a Kevin Walz daybed by Ralph Pucci.
Italian chairs from the 1960s surround the vintage dining table, and the vintage mercury-glass canister pendants are by Gregory Rogan; the sculpture is by William J. O’Brien; a butterfly painting by Hirst hangs above a Kevin Walz daybed by Ralph Pucci. Photo: William Waldron © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020

2. Another Manhattan art dealer who lines her home’s walls with blue-chip art is Marianne Boesky. Cool tones dominate her Chelsea residence, particularly in her dining room, where a Hirst butterfly painting hangs above a Kevin Walz daybed from Ralph Pucci. Other vintage design touches in the residence, designed by architect Deborah Berke, include 1960s Italian chairs and Gregory Rogan mercury-glass canister pendants.

The entrance gallery of Stacey Bronfman’s home in a landmark New York City building, designer Jacques Grange
For the entrance gallery of Stacey Bronfman’s home in a landmark New York City building, designer Jacques Grange created a strikingly patterned floor in black and white marble. A massive Hirst butterfly painting, Ardent, overlooks Ron Arad chairs, a Vladimir Kagan sofa, and an Emmanuel Babled Plexiglas table, while at the far end another Hirst, Beautiful Drats, is displayed behind Mattia Bonetti bar and stools. Photo: Thomas Loof © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020

3. When every object in your room is a statement piece, why not double up on pieces by Hirst to convey your admiration for his work? Jacques Grange designed collector Stacey Bronfman’s Fifth Avenue home, whose entrance gallery plays with patterns and punches of color. The royal blue and violet shades of Hirst’s butterfly painting perfectly complement the Mattia Bonetti bar.

amella Roland’s dressing room features a small Damien Hirst spot painting
A Lindsey Adelman chandelier hangs in Pamella Roland’s dressing room; a small Hirst artwork adds a splash of color. Photo: Richard Powers © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020

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4. Fashion designer Pamella Roland proves no spot is too small to display art. Her five-story, 13,000-square-foot Chicago townhouse was designed by Chicago firm Wheeler Kearns Architects, while Kadlec Architecture + Design oversaw its interiors. Roland’s dressing room features a more intimately sized Hirst spots painting, illustrating how effortless tabletop art can be.

A Damien Hirst spin painting in the dining area of Sue Hostetler’s Aspen home designed by Sara Story.
A Hirst “Spin” painting in the dining area of Sue Hostetler’s Aspen home, designed by Sara Story. Photo: David Marlow © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved / DACS, London / ARS, NY 2020

5. When art editor and author Sue Hostetler moved from New York City to Aspen, she tapped Sara Story to design a space as calming as the Rocky Mountains. Achieving the best of both worlds, Hostetler’s home creates an environment where one can be fully nestled in nature and surrounded by art. Exemplifying this is her dinning room, where Hirst’s “Spin” painting brings together the space’s many colorful accents.

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