H9-3 Mercy is a beautiful laminated giclée print on aluminium composite panel by the renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. In the print, Hirst depicts a radiant cherry blossom tree. More understated than the other prints in the series, pale pinks and whites dominate the composition. The flowers burst out from the tree yet are rendered with extreme delicacy and precision. Set against a pale blue backdrop, the print showcases the wonders of nature and the natural world.
H9-3 Mercy is part of the H9 The Virtues series, a collection of eight prints, each of which portrays the cherry blossom trees at the height of their flowering. Each print in the series is named after one of ‘The Eight Virtues of Bushidō’ according to Nitobe Inazō -Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty, Honour, Loyalty, and Control.
The H9 The Virtues series is clearly influenced by artistic movements such as Impressionism and Pointillism and the impressive way the print captures the blossoms blends figuration and abstraction in a remarkable way, demonstrating Hirst’s creative talent as a painter. In fact, it is this mixture that draws Hirst to the cherry blossom as an artistic subject. The artist remarks: “What I loved about them (at first) was the way that they were kind of in between representational and abstract.”