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Medium: Block print
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 66cm x W 49cm
Edition size: 55
The final print in Damien Hirst’s It’s A Beautiful Day series from 2013 is It’s A Beautiful Day 6. Showing a yellow butterfly depicted in exquisite, photographic detail, the print is highly simplistic with a blue, block colour backdrop. The flattened backdrop against the highly realistic depiction of the butterfly works to produce a striking effect.
It’s A Beautiful Day 6 appears like an insect on display in a natural history museum cabinet due to its stark display with its wings outspread. The scientific precision with which the butterfly is rendered emphasises this notion of the insect display cabinet. Indeed, Hirst conflates the scientific with the aesthetic throughout this series. The aesthetic comes into play in the creation of a beautiful image that uses bright, complimentary colours.
Hirst’s use of the naturalistic butterfly motif alongside an intuitive choice of colour is representative of his desire to dissolve the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. Much of Hirst’s work seeks to explore the uncertainties at the core of human experience: love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through unconventional media. The It’s A Beautiful Day series points to this exploration in its title that evokes a sense of fleeting happiness.