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Damien Hirst: The Cure (neon yellow, french lilac, amethyst) - Signed Print

The Cure (neon yellow, french lilac, amethyst)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 72cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The Cure (neon yellow, french lilac, amethyst) is one of thirty silkscreen prints that compose Hirst’s The Cure series. The series is inspired by modern medicine and the booming pharmaceutical industry which has come to assume an important place in 21st century society. In the series, Hirst renders a singular pill in a combination of two colour tones against a bold and vibrant coloured backdrop. In some prints, the two colours of the pill clash with one another, while in others, all colours in the print complement one another.

The Cure series is based on the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill which, despite its simple appearance, is very complex and sophisticated. The way in which Hirst takes an everyday object, a pill, and transforms it into a piece of fine art, is similar to the way Pop artist Andy Warhol would transform consumer goods into works of art. The influence of Warhol on Hirst is clear and shines through in this series, in particular due to the bold colours Hirst uses throughout the series and the silkscreen printing technique he employs.

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