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Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

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.