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Damien Hirst: Riot - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Critical Review

Riot is part of Hirst’s Eat the Rich series. The series is composed of twelve prints, all of which use the format of pharmaceutical packaging for their designs. The names of the prints refer to the fictional medications that Hirst has created. The conventional packaging contrasts with the unusual product name, ‘Riot’. A theme runs through the Eat the Rich as each product name that Hirst creates carries connotations of force, violence and aggression. Other examples from the series include Attack and Clash.

Hirst has had a longstanding interest in medicine and its depiction in art. Whilst in his second year at Goldsmiths in 1988, Hirst began his Medicine Cabinets series, in which the artist constructed various cabinets filled with the empty packets of his grandmother’s medication. In Eat the Rich, Hirst returns to depicting medicine, this time in print form, as opposed to his previous installations.

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