I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it. At the moment if I did certain things people would look at it, consider it and then say "f off". But after a while you can get away with things.
I was with this guy who was a plasterer, and at lunchtime he was eating a stuffed heart . . . I was thinking, "I'm not like these guys. I'm an artist." And I saw a bee come over to some flowers and get all the pollen out. I was looking and thinking, "How does it do that?" And then the guy who was eating the stuffed heart said, "How does that bee do that?"
The best spot painting you can have by me is one painted by Rachel.
On the Way to Work, p. 82, Faber and Faber, 2001.
Most of Hirst's "spot paintings" are executed by assistants.
I started taking cocaine and drink ... I turned into a babbling fucking wreck.
On the Way to Work, Faber and Faber, 2001.
Great art – or good art – is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don't think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different. There's boring conceptual art and there's boring traditional art. Great art is if you can't stop thinking about it, then it becomes a memory.