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Faithless

Faithless
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2006
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 79cm x W 150cm

Critical Review

Butterflies have become synonymous with Hirst and his visual language. The artist often incorporates the insects into his works, most notably in his impressive Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of work conceived by Hirst in 2001 after he found a Victorian tea tray decorated with delicate patterns of butterfly wings. The Kaleidoscope series is characterised by magnificent circular patterns composed of butterflies, much like the pattern in Faithless.

Hirst’s interest in butterflies stems from the religious symbolism they carry, as well as the way the insect can be used to explore themes of life and death. The butterfly was commonly used by the Greeks to represent the Psyche and the soul and is also found in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection.