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Signed Print Edition of 75
H 69cm x W 92cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|May 2021||Stockholms Auction House - Sweden||Studio Half Skull Half Face With Diamond dust - Signed Print|
|April 2015||Phillips New York - United States||Studio Half Skull Half Face With Diamond dust - Signed Print|
Studio Half Skull Half Face With Diamond Dust is a signed screen print in colours with diamond dust, on Somerset paper produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Made in 2009, the work shows the profile of a skull, facing the viewer’s left. The skull is photographed in the centre of the composition against a white backdrop, making it the focal point of the image. The skull is splattered with blue and green paint, making it resonate with the action Hirst uses in his iconic spin paintings.
The piece is emblematic of Hirst’s fascination with questions of life and death which the artist frequently explores throughout his works. The skull acts as a memento mori, a visual reminder of the inevitability of death. By making a skull into art, Hirst appears to celebrate life in the face of death, encouraging the viewer not to fear the inevitable end of life.
Skulls are one of Hirst’s best-known motifs and are frequently incorporated into his artworks. The most iconic use of the skull was in For the Love for God, made in 2007, in which Hirst encrusted a human skull with over eight thousand diamonds. The piece broke records for being the most expensive contemporary artwork in the world at the time. Other series by Hirst which take skulls as their artistic inspiration are The Dead series (2009) and I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am (2007).