Stop is a silkscreen print by renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst. Produced in 2017, the print depicts a box of tablets. Hirst choses a simple design for the pharmaceutical packaging, with white occupying most of the composition. He adds a few details to the print, such as a blue capital H, referring to his name, and splashes of orange and red. The basic design is similar to the other designs in the series which are clearly inspired by the minimalist format of most pharmaceutical packaging.
Stop is one of twelve prints that compose the Eat the Rich series. The series is inspired by modern medicine and each print depicts a different box of tablets. For each print in the series, Hirst replaces the tablets’ brand name with a unique word implying violence, force or aggression. The understated designs in the series reflect the confidence in modern medicine and scientific developments to be able to cure anything and everything.
Hirst has long been interested in the aesthetics of pharmaceutical packaging. While the artist was studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, he produced an installation known as the Medicine Cabinets in which he created various medicine cabinets and filled them with the empty bottles and boxes of his grandmother’s old medications. Stop and the other prints in the Eat the Rich series follow on from Hirst’s early fascination in medicine and themes of life and death.