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Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Screenprint, 2012
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 92cm x W 92cm

Critical Review

The butterfly is an iconic symbol that has become closely associated with Hirst and his artistic career. Hirst’s fascination with the insect stems, in part, from their ability to embody the fragility of life because, as the artist explains, butterflies retain an iridescent beauty even in death. Through the use of butterflies in his artworks, Hirst is able to explore questions of life and death, something important for the artist as he explains: “art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else.”

Hirst’s use of butterflies was inspired by a Victorian tea tray he found which was decorated with delicate patterns of butterfly wings. The print can be viewed alongside the Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of work conceived by Hirst in 2001 which is characterised by magnificent circular patterns composed of butterfly wings.