Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: Covenant (non diamond dust) - Signed Print

Covenant (non diamond dust)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Screenprint, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 136cm x W 136cm

Critical Review

The print can be viewed alongside the Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of work conceived by Hirst in 2001 after he found a Victorian tea tray decorated with delicate patterns of butterfly wings. The Kaleidoscope series is characterised by magnificent circular patterns composed of butterflies, as seen in Covenant (non diamond dust).

As implied by the print’s title, Covenant (non diamond dust) carries significant spiritual and religious symbolism and can be interpreted as an exploration into the nature of religion. The butterfly itself is used by the Greeks to represent the Psyche and the soul, and it is also found in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection. Furthermore, the symmetry of the print’s pattern resonates with the spectacular stained-glass windows found in Gothic churches, as well as with the beautiful circular patterns of Buddhist mandalas.

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