The Cure (mint blue, apple green, lemon yellow) is a silkscreen print by renowned artist, Damien Hirst. Produced in 2014 on Somerset Tub, the print shows a two-colour pill, rendered by Hirst in apple green and lemon yellow against a mint blue backdrop. The bold and vibrant colours of the pill contrast dramatically with the plain and understated background colour. The pill stands out, drawing attention towards its place in the centre of the composition.
The Cure (mint blue, apple green, lemon yellow) is one of thirty silkscreen prints that compose Hirst’s The Cure series. The series is inspired by the pharmaceutical industry and the medicinal products they produce. In each print in the series, Hirst renders a singular pill in a combination of two colour tones against a bold and vibrant coloured backdrop. The repetition of subject matter, along with the bright block colours Hirst uses in the prints resonate with the Pop Art style popularised by Andy Warhol in the 1960s. Warhol clearly influenced the work of Hirst, especially the mechanical way in which Hirst is able to reproduce copies of his prints through the printing technique.
The Cure series is based on the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill which, despite its simple appearance, behaves in an extremely complex and ingenious way. The works in this series reflect Hirst’s desire to explore modern society’s obsession with science, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.