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Eternal Rest

Eternal Rest
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 45
H 25cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

Rendering the fine detail of the butterfly wings and setting this against the dark backdrop, Hirst produces a highly simplistic image that finds universally engaging triggers. This contrast between bold block colours and the realistic image plays with Hirst’s concern with facts and truth that images are assumed to depict.

The butterfly motif is a prominent figure that Hirst has used throughout his career to bring together themes around morality, life, love, faith and aesthetics. Speaking of his obsession with butterflies Hirst has explained, “I think rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.” The butterfly motif appears both in Hirst’s printed editions as well as in installations where visitors are situated in a room of live butterflies.