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Damien Hirst: The Dead (Imperial purple, oriental gold) - Signed Print

The Dead (Imperial purple, oriental gold)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Foil Block, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 41cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

The print, produced in 2009, is one of thirty-one prints that compose The Dead series. In this series, Hirst repeatedly uses the image of a skull, an icon for death, however, transforms the image in each print through the use of bold and vibrant colours. The bright and lively colours clash with the theme of death that runs throughout the series, making the series stand out from Hirst’s others in which skulls are depicted in black and white, such as Memento (2008).

Death is a theme that Hirst frequently explores in his artworks. He first developed his interest in exploring what death meant when he was a teenager living in Leeds. When he was sixteen, Hirst would visit the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School and produce life drawings of what he saw there.

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