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The Dead (racing green, raven black)

The Dead (racing green, raven black)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Foil Block, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 72cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

The print, which was made in 2009, is part of the artist’s The Dead series. The series is composed of thirty-one prints, all of which show the same image of a skull. Hirst enlivens the skull through his use of colour, ensuring that no two skulls in the series have the same combination of colours. While some prints in the series opt for more subtle colours, such as The Dead (silver gloss, gunmetal), prints like The Dead (loganberry pink, lime green) are composed of bold, contrasting colours. The colours in The Dead (racing green, raven black) are quite dark, unlike some of the brighter prints in the series.

The central theme of The Dead series is, as the title indicates, death. Hirst often explores the relationship between life, death and art in his works. The artist is renowned for his use of skulls in his artworks, as well as his incorporation of dead insects and animals.

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