The Dead Lime (racing green)

The Dead Lime (racing green)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

Made in 2009, the print is part of the artist’s The Dead series, which is composed of thirty-one prints. Each print in the series is of a colourful skull, and the theme of death lies at the heart of the series. Hirst’s artworks often explore themes of life and death. The artist rose to fame for his installations showing dissected animals preserved in formaldehyde, as well as his medicine cabinet sculptures.

Hirst recounts how he enjoys exploring “big issues” in his artworks, such as “death, life, religion, beauty, science. By making a skull, a universally recognised symbol for death into art, Hirst challenges the negative connotations surrounding death, encouraging the viewer to see the beauty in death. Hirst also does this in his artworks which are made out of dead insects, such as the prints in his Entomology Works series.

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