The Dead (silver gloss, chocolate)

The Dead (silver gloss, chocolate)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

The print, made in 2009, is one of thirty-one prints that compose The Dead series. As indicated by the title of the series, death is the central theme that runs throughout the prints. The skull functions as a memento mori, a symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death. Hirst attempts to use his art to explore questions of life and death, as well as other dualities such as desire and fear, love and loss, beauty and decay.

Hirst was fascinated by the way in which death was a taboo subject, something ‘unacceptable’ that people did not want to think or talk about. His use of the skull, a universally recognised symbol to represent death, reflects how he tackles the subject matter in a frank and direct manner, encouraging the viewer not to fear death but to embrace its inevitability.

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