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Signed Print Edition of 45
H 30cm x W 25cm
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Fate is a print from 2009 by Damien Hirst that shows a bright green butterfly set against a stark, black backdrop. The butterfly appears luminous against the dark background and is visually striking. Shown with its wings outspread and in the centre of the composition, the butterfly is a classic motif within Hirst’s artistic oeuvre.
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.”
Reminiscent of the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol, Hirst has created many prints like this with the same subject and composition, but with varying colour combinations. Rendering the fine detail of the butterfly wings and setting this against the stark colour background, Hirst produces an image that finds universally engaging triggers. This contrast between bold colours used for the butterfly wings and the realism in the detail, plays with Hirst’s concern with facts and truth that images are assumed to depict.