Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Mixed Media, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 60cm x W 60cm

Critical Review

As with all the works in the Love Poems series, Hirst flattens the otherwise hyperrealist butterflies in Lullaby with the block colour backdrop and by showing them as though they are on display in a natural history cabinet. The scientific precision with which the butterflies are 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 and complimentary colours.

Hirst uses the butterfly motif throughout his artistic oeuvre as a ‘universal trigger.’ This motif helps the artist to explore the uncertainties at the core of human experience: love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through unconventional media. The Love Poems series points to this exploration in its title, each of the prints attributed with a poetic or affectionate title like She Walks in Beauty or Longing.