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Damien Hirst: Inferno - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Lenticular, 2016
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 61cm x W 61cm

Critical Review

Inferno is part of Hirst’s Entomology Works series. The prints in this series are made using the advanced lenticular printing technique. This technique creates an illusion of depth, as demonstrated in Inferno, and makes the insects stand out from the print, appearing to be multi-dimensional. The prints in the series are each named after phases and characters in Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, a long Italian narrative poem from the 12th century.

Inferno reflects Hirst’s long-standing fascination with insects. Insects frequently feature in his artworks, such as the Kaleidoscope Paintings which are composed of hundreds of butterflies. Hirst’s interest in insects stems from the way they retain the appearance of life, even when they are dead. Hirst’s artworks often explore the relationship between life and death, and, for him, insects embody the fragility of life.

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