Kindness is a signed screen print in colours with glaze produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. In this sensational print, Hirst produces concentric circles formed of butterfly wings. The butterflies are arranged on a square canvas in meticulous circles. Against a pale blue background, the blue, red, orange and yellow butterflies create a vibrant design. The intricate arrangement is spectacular, and the use of bright colours makes the print captivating to look at.
The print, which was made in 2011, is part of the artist’s Psalms series. The series was started in 2008 and is composed of 150 works. Each work in the series is made using butterfly wings on painted canvases and named after a psalm from the Old Testament.
Hirst frequently incorporates butterflies into his artworks and the insect has become a central element of the artist’s visual language. Hirst began using butterflies in his work as early as 1989, while he was studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and has continued to experiment with the beautiful insect in series such as The Souls series. Hirst explains that butterflies carry a universal appeal, calling them a “universal trigger,” elaborating that “everyone loves butterflies.”