Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: Canon - Signed Print

Canon
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

POA

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Giclée print, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 46cm x W 38cm

Critical Review

For Hirst, the butterfly is a ‘universal trigger’ that many people share in finding attractive and joyous. Recalling someone once saying to him: “Butterflies are beautiful, but it’s a shame they have disgusting hairy bodies in the middle,” Hirst in works like this chose only to display the butterfly’s dazzling wings and not their bodies.

Speaking to the artist’s preoccupation with the concept that art mirrors life, his use of the butterfly motif has remained prominent throughout his career. Not only is each butterfly born with a unique pattern that mimics the individuality that frames much of human life, but the butterfly for Hirst symbolises growth, change, life and death. The butterfly motif appears both in printed editions as well as in installations where visitors are situated in a room of live butterflies.

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