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H10-5 Taytu Betul

H10-5 Taytu Betul
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Giclée print, 2022
Signed Print

Critical Review

The print is part of Hirst’s collection H-10 The Empresses which is composed of five impressive gliclée prints which are made out of red butterflies. The prints are all named after an Empress from different historical periods. H10-5 Taytu Betul is named after Taytu Betul who became the Empress of Ethiopia after marrying Emperor Menelik 1889. Betul is remembered by her remarkable efforts to oppose imperialism and the loss of Ethiopian territory. She also founded Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.

Hirst is fascinated by butterflies and the artist often incorporates the insect into his artworks. The intricate patterns Hirst creates in the prints in this collection resonate with Buddhist mandalas as well as the stained-glass windows found in Gothic churches. Religion has inspired many of Hirst’s artworks and the artist was fascinated by contemporary belief systems such as religion, love and medicine which bring out the tensions at the heart of human existence.