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Damien Hirst: H6-4 Goodness - Signed Print

H6-4 Goodness
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Giclée print, 2019
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 100cm x W 100cm

Critical Review

Evocative of stained glass windows in Gothic architecture, H6-4 Goodness conflates the scientific with the aesthetic. Hirst uses the wings of butterflies in varying shades of blue to create the geometric pattern, appearing almost like insects on display in a natural history museum. The aesthetic comes into play in the creation of a beautiful pattern exuding a kinetic energy that is exciting and mesmerising to look at. The entire of The Aspects series is made up of varying shades of blue as Hirst uses the same species of butterfly wings to form the pattern in each print.

For Hirst, the butterfly is a ‘universal trigger’ that many people share in finding attractive and joyous. Recalling someone once saying to him: “Butterflies are beautiful, but it’s a shame they have disgusting hairy bodies in the middle,” Hirst in works like this chose only to display the dazzling wings in H6-4 Goodness. Across the series, the butterfly wing is rendered unrecognisable when viewed at a distance and as part of a larger intricate pattern.

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