Longing

Longing
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Mixed Media, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 76cm x W 74cm

Critical Review

Hirst has deployed the butterfly motif throughout his artistic oeuvre, beginning with his 1991 In and Out of Love (Butterfly Paintings and Ashtrays)installation that fixed the bodies of dead butterflies into monochrome gloss paint. The artist’s preoccupation with butterflies is rooted in the way that even when the insects are dead, they appear to be alive. Well known for his obsession with mortality, Hirst claims that his use of the butterfly motif is a symbol for the celebration of life rather than death.

The intuitive colour choice of Longing is based on aesthetic and non-rational demands that have remained in Hirst’s practice since his art training at Goldsmiths. This print depicts the butterflies in a variety of bright and contrasting colours such as blue, orange, purple, pink and yellow. In its playful colour choice, this print is eye-catching and has a universal appeal.