Contemporary Print Market Report
Damien Hirst: New Beginnings 3 - Signed Print

New Beginnings 3
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

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

Critical Review

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. Combining the vernacular of the everyday with artificial colour, Hirst’s work appeals to a broad audience and the butterfly motif ties together themes around morality, life, love, faith and aesthetics.

The title of the series New Beginnings points to the highly symbolic nature of the butterfly that suggests the life cycle and ideas around life changing direction or beginning again. Hirst is hyper aware of the way in which the motif of the butterfly has been used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery represents resurrection. Indeed, the title of this series evokes common virtues found in a range of religions, reflecting Hirst’s fascination with spirituality and the human psyche.

Related work