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Signed Print Edition of 25
H 122cm x W 122cm
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Entreaty is a signed silkscreen print produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Made in 2013, the print depicts a spectacular pattern of colourful concentric circles on a circular canvas. The print invites the viewer to look closely at the intricate design as it is composed of hundreds of colourful butterflies. The bold and vibrant colours Hirst uses in this print make it a magnificent and dynamic work that is representative of the artist’s love for colour.
The print can be seen alongside the Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of work which Hirst started in 2001. The series was inspired by a Victorian tea tray the artist found which was decorated with delicate patterns of butterfly wings. All the works that compose the Kaleidoscope series are characterised by magnificent circular patterns composed of butterflies, as seen in this print.
The butterfly has become one of Hirst’s most well-known motifs, alongside skulls and diamonds. The insect appeals to the artist, in part, due to the beauty they retain, even when they are dead. For Hirst, butterflies embody the fragility of life, retaining an iridescent beauty even in death. The butterfly also carries significant spiritual symbolism, being used by the Greeks to represent the Psyche and the soul, as well as being found in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection.