H7-4 Butterfly Heart is a laminated giclée print on aluminium composite panel by Damien Hirst. The print was made in 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hirst wanted to show his support for and solidarity with the NHS and the frontline workers who were making tremendous sacrifices to protect the nation. The print depicts a heart composed of horizontal rainbow lines. The rainbow design is significant as the rainbow has become the symbol used to represent the NHS and the efforts of frontline workers.
H7-4 Butterfly Heart is part of the H7 series. The series is composed of this print along with a rainbow shaped variation. The series was produced to raise money for charity. The profits from the limited edition version of H7-4 Butterfly Heart went to The Felix Project, London’s largest surplus food distributor which delivers food to vulnerable people across the UK.
When looked at closely, Hirst’s signature style can be seen in H7-4 Butterfly Heart. The rainbow bands of the heart shape were produced from digital bands of photographed butterfly wings. Butterflies are a well-known motif used throughout Hirst’s work and the insect has become closely associated with the artist’s name. The insects play an important role in the artist’s visual language, as seen in the Mandala paintings and the Kaleidoscope series.