0% Sellers Fees on Damien Hirst Prints & Editions
To Lose

To Lose
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

Hirst was fascinated by butterflies because of the way they can be used to explore themes of life and death. The artist explains how butterflies embody the fragility of life and retain an iridescent beauty, even in death. Questions of life and death are often explored in Hirst’s art through his incorporation of insects, skulls and medicine into his artworks.

The butterfly also carries significant spiritual symbolism, meaning the print also touches on themes of religion and spiritualism. For the Greeks, the butterfly was used to depict the Psyche. In Christian imagery, butterflies have been used to signify the resurrection. Furthermore, the butterfly has long been a traditional symbol of the soul, and of the soul’s residence on Earth prior to transmigration to an Afterlife.