H7-3 Butterfly Heart is a laminated giclée print on aluminium composite panel by Damien Hirst, produced in 2020. The print was made during the COVID-19 Pandemic in order to show support for the NHS. The print depicts a heart composed of horizontal rainbow lines. The rainbow lines are significant as the rainbow has become the symbol used to represent the NHS and the tremendous effort of frontline workers. Discussing the rainbow, Hirst explains, “the rainbow is a sign of hope.”
When looked at closely, the rainbow stripes in H7-3 Butterfly Heart are composed of butterflies. Hirst achieved this by producing digital bands of photographed butterfly wings. Butterflies are a common motif used throughout Hirst’s work. The insects play an important role in the artist’s visual language, as seen in the Mandala paintings and the Kaleidoscope series.
H7-3 Butterfly Heart is part of the H7 series, composed of two print variations that aimed to raise money for charity. The profits from the limited edition version of H7-3 Butterfly Heart went to The Felix Project, London’s largest surplus food distributor which delivers food to vulnerable people across the UK.