For The Love Of God (black) is a signed screen print from 2007, taken from Damien Hirst’s For The Love Of God series. The print shows a photographic image of a diamond encrusted skull with its mouth open and positioned head-on to the viewer. The image of the skull is set against a stark black backdrop, creating a dramatic composition.
The diamond-encrusted skull is an image of one of Hirst’s most widely recognised sculptures For The Love Of God from 2007. Hirst cast the original work from a real human skull, purchased from a London taxidermist. The cast is made from platinum plates and is then set with diamonds, weighing a huge 1,106.18 carats. The teeth that are inserted into the jaw are those of the original skull.
For The Love Of God (black) shows the image of the sculpture with a large stone set in the centre of the skull forehead. This central stone was inspired by Hirst’s childhood memories of the comic 2000 AD. Hirst explains that the comic “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful God-like figure who controlled the universe…It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”