The Cure (papal purple, burgundy, blood orange) i

The Cure (papal purple, burgundy, blood orange) i
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

The Cure (papal purple, burgundy, blood orange) is one of thirty silkscreen prints that compose Hirst’s The Cure series. In this series, Hirst renders a singular pill in a combination of two colour tones against a bold and vibrant coloured backdrop. The series is based on the minimalist aesthetic of the medicinal pill which has fascinated Hirst due to the way in which the simple design reflects the confidence of the pharmaceutical industry and their ability to cure everyone and everything with their pharmaceutical products. The manipulation of scale in the print, with the pill appearing to be extremely large, is another technique employed by Hirst to represent the confidence of pharmaceutical companies.

The bold and vibrant colours used in The Cure (papal purple, burgundy, blood orange) resonate with the Pop Art aesthetic popularised by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.Warhol was known for elevating everyday objects and turning them into works of art. Hirst does something similar with this series. By making a pharmaceutical product into art, Hirst blurs the boundaries between art and science in this print, demanding that we appreciate the art behind science.

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