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Damien Hirst: The Dead (silver gloss, oriental gold) - Signed Print

The Dead (silver gloss, oriental gold)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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

Critical Review

The print, made in 2009, is part of the artist’s The Dead series. The series is composed of thirty-one prints, with each print depicting the same skull using a different combination of colours. The bright and bold colours Hirst uses throughout the series reflects how the artist is attempting to challenge the way in which death is seen as a taboo subject or “unacceptable idea.”

The Dead series is similar to other series by Hirst which also use skulls as their source of inspiration. I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am (2007) is composed of six etchings, all of which show a slightly different skull in black and white. Similarly, Memento (2008) is composed of thirteen etchings, seven of which are black and white skulls.

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