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Hope

Hope
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 45
H 52cm x W 52cm

Critical Review

Hirst’s use of butterflies in this print is representative of the artist’s fascination with this insect. The butterfly has become closely associated with Hirst and his visual language as the artist frequently incorporates them into his work. In 1991, early on in his artistic career, Hirst produced a controversial installation in which butterflies emerged from pupae attached to white painted canvases kept in a humid exhibition room.

Hirst was attracted to butterflies due to the spiritual symbolism they carry. The Greeks used butterflies to depict the Psyche and soul and in Christian imagery, butterflies have been used to signify the resurrection. Using butterflies in his art is a means for the artist to touch on the theme of religion, as well as questions of life and death.