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Giclée print, 2022
Signed Print Edition of 2853
H 100cm x W 100cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|March 2023||International Art Centre - New Zealand||H10-1 Wu Zetian - Signed Print|
|March 2023||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||H10-1 Wu Zetian - Signed Print|
|March 2023||Christie's London - United Kingdom||H10-1 Wu Zetian - Signed Print|
|January 2023||Lyon & Turnbull Edinburgh - United Kingdom||H10-1 Wu Zetian - Signed Print|
|November 2022||Rosebery's Fine Art Auctioneers - United Kingdom||H10-1 Wu Zetian - Signed Print|
H10-1 Wu Zetian is a laminated giclée print on aluminium composite. Screen printed with glitter, the composition was produced by the renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst in 2022. The print shows a captivating pattern composed of butterflies. The composition is dominated by a bold red which is accompanied by other red tones and black detailing. The warm print exudes energy and dynamism and the hexagonal pattern which emanates from the centre of the print seizes the viewer’s attention.
The print is part of Hirst’s collection H-10 The Empresses. In this collection composed of five impressive gliclée prints, Hirst produces a variety of patterns which are made out of red butterflies. Each print in the series is named after a historical Empress. The name of this print, H10-1 Wu Zetian, refers to the Chinese Empress Wu Zetian who played an important role in the consolidation of the Tang Dynasty. In 655 CE Wu Zetian married the Chinese Emperor, Gaozong and she threw herself into political affairs demonstrating her fierce intelligence, ambition and diplomatic skills.
Hirst has had a long-standing interest in butterflies and the artist often incorporates the insect into his artworks. Notable uses of butterflies in Hirst’s work include the interactive art installation In and Out of Love from 1991 in which Hirst bred butterflies in a large humid room which were free to fly about the exhibition space. Hirst’s Mandala paintings and his Kaleidoscope collection, which the artist started in 2001, also feature butterflies.