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New Beginnings 2

New Beginnings 2
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Block print, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 66cm x W 49cm

Critical Review

The New Beginnings series is uplifting and bold in its subject matter and combination of colours. Combining the vernacular of the everyday with artificial colour, Hirst’s work appeals to a broad audience and the butterfly motif is used to convey seemingly universal themes surrounding love. Hirst has explained of the motif: “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.”

Hirst repeats an almost formulaic composition across the entire series, showing a different species of butterfly in the centre of each print, with a brightly coloured backdrop. This repetition of subject and composition across an entire print series is reminiscent of the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol, making clear some of Hirst’s primary influences on his work.