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Medium: Foil Block
Edition size: 14
Size: H 100cm x W 70cm
Format: Signed Print
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This striking foil block print, I Love You (red, oriental gold, cool gold) is from Damien Hirst’s I Love You series from 2015. The print shows a single butterfly depicted in two tones of gold in exquisite, photographic detail. The butterfly sits in the centre of a bold, red heart and set against a plain white backdrop.
Much of Hirst’s work is centred around the motif of the butterfly, that stands in for themes around love, life, death and aesthetics that inform and underline his artistic practice. The artist’s interest in butterflies lies in their appearance of life that they retain in death. Hirst uses bright, saturated colour to create a bold and vivacious print that conveys a sense of life and joy.
Hirst contrasts the almost photographic depiction of the butterfly against solid, block colour to create a print that has an immediate and visceral visual impact. Speaking of his interest in the topic of love, Hirst has explained, “Love is a beautiful thing, and I see it as a small antidote to the horrors of the world.” Particularly, Hirst’s use of the colour red to form the central heart motif makes clear an interest in love as a feeling and concept universally understood by many.