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Damien Hirst: To Lure - Signed Print

To Lure
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Etching, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 40cm x W 43cm

Critical Review

Butterflies are one of Hirst’s best-known motifs, alongside skulls and diamonds, and the insects have often been incorporated into the artist’s work. The Kaleidoscope series is one of the best examples of Hirst’s fascination with butterflies. In this series, the artist creates impressive patterns of concentric circles which, when looked at closely, are composed of hundreds of different coloured and sized butterflies.

Hirst was attracted to the butterfly due to the symbolism the insect carries. Hirst explains, “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive.” Using butterflies in his art is a means for the artist to explore questions of life and death. The artist elaborates that the butterfly embodies the fragility of life and is the perfect visual tool for exploring the theme of death.

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