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Medium: Foil Block
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 72cm x W 51cm
Edition size: 15
The Dead (island copper, raven black) is a signed foil block print in colours on Arches paper produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. Hirst depicts a floating skull in this print, using a bright island copper colour. The artist adds raven black shading to the image, making it stand out against the plain white backdrop.
The print, made in 2009, is part of the artist’s The Dead series. The series is composed of thirty-one prints which each depict a skull. The prints differ from one another due to Hirst’s bold use of colour. The exciting range of colours Hirst employs in the series seems to contrast with the sombre theme of the series, death. Indeed, in his other series, such as I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am (2007) and Memento(2008), Hirst depicts the skulls in black and white. The bright and lively colours Hirst uses in the series reflect his opinion that “you can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.” With this series, the artist appears to be sending a message to the viewer, that death is not something to be feared, but something you must embrace with strength.
Hirst’s fascination with death, which he explores frequently in his artworks, stems from his adolescence when he would visit the anatomy department of Leeds Medical School. Then sixteen, Hirst would produce life drawings of the body parts he encountered there, pushing the boundary of what was considered an acceptable topic for art.