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Violence

Violence
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

Violence is one of twelve prints that compose the Eat The Rich series. In this series, Hirst appropriates pharmaceutical packaging, creating his own pharmaceutical products. In each print, Hirst uses precise scientific detail, listing the ingredients of the tablets, making it hard for the viewer to distinguish between real medical products and those depicted in these prints. As seen in Violence, in every print in the series, the name of the tablet is replaced by a powerful word that carries connotations of force or aggression.

The scientific precision of the print’s composition reflects Hirst’s keen interest in medicine. The artist created a series of works in the 1980s inspired by medicine cabinets. Hirst was fascinated by the interaction between the human body and modern medicine. Like the Medicine Cabinet series, Eat The Rich similarly explores themes of life and death, myth and medicine.