The Cure (sienna red, tangerine, light tangerine) is a silkscreen print by Damien Hirst on Somerset Tub. Produced in 2014, the print shows a two-colour pill, rendered by Hirst in two tones of orange, tangerine and light tangerine. The bright and warm oranges are complemented by the sienna red backdrop of the print. Hirst’s choice of colours in this print exude warmth and contrast with other prints in the series which privilege cool blues and greens.
The Cure (sienna red, tangerine, light tangerine) 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 reflects Hirst’s fascination with modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Hirst was very interested in the minimalist aesthetic of pharmaceutical products. In this series, Hirst looks at the products themselves, focussing his attention on the tablet design. In a later series of prints, Eat the Rich, produced in 2017, Hirst turns his attention towards pharmaceutical packaging and the packets that these tablets are kept and sold in.
The Cure (sienna red, tangerine, light tangerine)reflects Hirst’s fascination with society’s obsession with science, modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. The series also ties into wider themes of life and death which have been pursued throughout Hirst’s artistic career in many of his artworks.