Deus, Deus Meus is a signed screen print in colours with glaze and diamond dust produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. In this print, made in 2009, Hirst creates a captivating pattern out of butterflies. In the centre of the composition is a small yellow and white butterfly. Around it are circles of other butterflies in different colours. Dark blue and red dominate the print, with splashes of white, yellow and orange.
The print is part of the Psalms series, a large series composed of 150 works. Hirst started work on this series in 2008 and all of the prints are made using butterfly wings on painted canvases. The Latin name for the print originates from the Old Testament and each print in the series is named after a Christian psalm.
The butterfly is a signature part of Hirst’s visual language and iconography. Hirst was drawn to the insects due to the significant spiritual symbolism they carry. The Greeks used butterflies to depict the Psyche and soul and in Christian imagery, butterflies have been used to signify the resurrection. The butterfly’s symbolic heritage is significant as Hirst has always been fascinated with themes of life, death and religion.