The Cure (caramel, grape, mustard) is a silkscreen print by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst on Somerset Tub. The print was produced by Hirst in 2014 and shows a large two-colour pill. Depicted in the centre of the composition, the pill is rendered in grape and mustard against a caramel backdrop. The bold and bright colours are influenced by the Pop Art aesthetic, developed by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.
The Cure (caramel, grape, mustard) is part of The Cure series. Composed of thirty silkscreen prints, each print in the series follows the same format by depicting a large, singular pill in two colours. In some of the prints, the colours complement each other, or use different tones of the same colour, such as the different shades of pink in The Cure (carnation pink, hot pink, violet pink). In this print, however, Hirst choses contrasting colours. The dark grape colour contrasts with the bright mustard, making the pill stand out against the background of the composition.
The Cure (caramel, grape, mustard) reflects Hirst’s fascination with modern society’s obsession with science, modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The manipulation of scale in this print, with the pill taking up the entire composition, reflects the important role medicine plays in modern society, as well as the tremendous confidence we place in modern medicine to be able to cure everyone and everything.