The Dead (oriental gold, loganberry pink)

The Dead (oriental gold, loganberry pink)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Foil Block, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 15

Critical Review

Produced in 2009, the print is part of the artist’s The Dead series. Composed of thirty-one prints, each of which depicts a skull, death is the central theme of the series. The skull in these prints acts as a memento mori, a Latin term, which literally translates as “remember that you [have to] to die.” The skull in the print is a visual reminder of the inevitability of death, however, Hirst’s creative use of colour encourages the viewer to move away from the negative connotations that surround the theme of death. Indeed, Hirst explains: “you can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.”

Hirst often explores questions of life and death in his artworks, highlighting how “art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else… there isn’t anything else.” The artist’s works often have existential undertones, prompting the viewer to contemplate their existence and confront their own mortality.

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