Exaudiat Te Dominus is a signed screen print in colours with diamond dust produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Rendered on a circular canvas, in this print, Hirst produces a delicate pattern of concentric circles made of butterfly wings. The circles emanate from a tiny butterfly in the centre of the composition. While many of the prints in this series are made with bold colours such as dark reds and blues, the colours in this print are much lighter, with yellow and orange dominating the composition.
The print, made in 2010, is part of the artist’s Psalms series which Hirst started in 2008. Composed of 150 works, the series can be viewed alongside the Kaleidoscope series, an ambitious project started by the artist in 2001, which was inspired by the intricate pattern of butterfly wings Hirst saw on an old Victoria tea tray. All of the prints in the Psalms series are made using butterfly wings on painted canvases and are named after a psalm from the Old Testament.
The names of the prints are just one element of the works which are influenced by religion. The butterfly itself is an icon that carries significant religious symbolism, being used by the Greeks to represent the Psyche or the soul, as well as signifying the resurrection in Christian imagery. The patterns also resonate with the circular patterns of Buddhist mandalas.