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I Love You (gold leaf, oriental gold, cool gold)

I Love You (gold leaf, oriental gold, cool gold)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Foil Block, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 14
H 100cm x W 70cm

Critical Review

In contrast to the other prints in the series, I Love You (gold leaf, oriental gold, cool gold) does not juxtapose bright colours against one another, and as a result the image of the butterfly blends into the heart. Themes of love, life, death and aesthetics underline Hirst’s artistic practice and in this series, he uses the symbol of the butterfly and the heart to convey this.

The butterfly motif is a prominent figure throughout much of Hirst’s oeuvre. Speaking of his obsession with butterflies Hirst has explained, “I think rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.” In I Love You (gold leaf, oriental gold, cool gold), the preciousness of the varying tones of gold relates to the delicate butterfly wings as well as the preciousness of love.

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