Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: Reveal - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Etching, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 45
H 47cm x W 39cm

Critical Review

Reveal is part of Hirst’s Butterfly series, a collection of etchings which all showcase the natural beauty of the butterfly. The butterfly is an insect that has become closely associated with Hirst and his visual language. Alongside skulls and diamonds, butterflies are one of the artist's most well-known motifs. Hirst’s most iconic use of butterflies was arguably in 1991, when the artist produced an installation in which butterflies emerged from pupae attached to white painted canvases kept in a humid exhibition room. The artist also created the Kaleidoscope paintings, in which he produced mesmerising patterns of concentric circles composed of butterfly wings.

For Hirst, butterflies embody the fragility of life because they retain an iridescent beauty even in death. The use of butterflies enables the artist to explore questions of life and death throughout his artworks, something important for Hirst as he explains: “art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else.”

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