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Damien Hirst: Pressure - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Screenprint, 2017
Signed Print Edition of 150
H 102cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Pressure is one of twelve silkscreen prints that compose the Eat the Rich series. The series is inspired by pharmaceutical packaging and in each print, Hirst adopts the tablet packet format to create a fictional pharmaceutical product. In this series, Hirst blurs the boundaries between science and art and by including his name on each print in the series, Hirst assumes the role of pharmacist, continuing to challenge the science/ art dichotomy. The product name, ‘Pressure’, carries connotations of violence, force and aggression. This is a theme that runs through the entire series.

In this print, Hirst’s long-standing fascination with the aesthetics of pharmaceutical packaging shines through. The minimalism of the design reflects the confidence with which pharmaceutical companies present their medications and their healing abilities.

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