Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: To Begin - Signed Print

To Begin
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Etching, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 41cm x W 44cm

Critical Review

Butterflies have become one of Hirst’s best-known motifs and the insects are often incorporated into the artist’s work. Other examples of works that use butterflies as their inspiration are the H7 series and the Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of prints that are composed of patterns of concentric circles made up of butterfly wings.

Hirst was drawn to the butterfly due to the significant spiritual symbolism the insect carries. For the Greeks, the butterfly was used to depict the Psyche and the soul. In Christian imagery, butterflies have been used to signify the resurrection. Hirst is fascinated by contemporary belief systems, such as religion, and his use of the butterfly reflects how he uses his art to explore such systems of belief.

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